Month: May 2017

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Policies: Considerations for Data Security

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Policies: Considerations for Data Security The technological advancements of the past decade, especially the smartphone, have brought about drastic changes in the way we go about our everyday lives. As many of these advancements have seemingly made our lives easier, we have come to depend on them more and more. To a great extent, the “business phone” has disappeared and employees at all levels now often use their personal devices for both work and personal use. Whether smartphone, tablet, or laptop, it has become easier and cheaper for both employers and employees to maximize...

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule Affecting Inpatient Hospitals

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Affecting Inpatient Hospitals The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a new proposed rule on April 14, 2017 that seeks both to make changes to Medicare payment policies and to solicit feedback from those affected by such change. The rule, a mere 1,800 pages long, proposes a plethora of “updates” to payment rates based on new calculations and incentives that will directly impact inpatient hospitals receiving Medicare payments. Under the new rule’s incentives, these “updates” can mean either more or less money for affected entities. The new rule is headlined by proposed changes...

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American Health Care Act Passes House Vote

American Health Care Act Passes House Vote On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the Republican Party’s plan to repeal-and-replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) took a step forward by passing a revised bill through the House of Representatives by a margin of 217 to 213 votes. Known as the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), the bill repeals several of the core elements of the ACA. More specifically, the bill does the following: Ends the tax penalty imposed on those without coverage; Ends Medicaid expansion funding; Allots fixed amounts of Medicaid money per person to states; Replaces ACA cost-sharing subsidies with...

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Newest Addition of Electronic Discovery Principles Opens for Public Comment

Newest Addition of Electronic Discovery Principles Opens for Public Comment As technology and the Internet of Things advanced and expanded at a torrid pace throughout the early 2000s, the litigation world struggled to keep up with the pace. Discovery rules that had long been in place created expensive and inefficient outcomes when applied to the sheer volume of data that was now being created. A single Plaintiff could make broad discovery requests requiring a corporate Defendant to spend huge sums of time and money on discovery production through all of their technological sources, often in sums disproportionately large to...

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