Author: Jacob Hunt

Florida Emergency Power Plan Soon Taking Effect

Florida Emergency Power Plan Soon Taking Effect The 2017 calendar year has seen Mother Nature be incredibly unforgiving to the United States. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have battered the southeast from Texas to North Carolina, and wildfires have ravaged California and other western states. In the media’s coverage of Hurricane Irma, homes were shown badly damaged, boats were shown washed up on land, and people were seen paddling through floodwaters. However, Hurricane Irma caused massive damage in other fashions as well. In Hollywood, Florida, eight nursing home residents tragically lost their lives after a prolonged power failure left the...

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Yates Memorandum Targeted For Change

Yates Memorandum Targeted For Change As part of the keynote speech given at New York University’s Program on Corporate Compliance & Enforcement on October 6, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein strongly hinted that changes may soon be made by the Department of Justice to the Yates Memorandum. (You can read our post about the Yates Memo here). Though the speech was lacking in specifics and vague on detail, Rosenstein alluded to themes in the Yates Memo that would both back off current stances and double down on others. Themes Rosenstein loosely touched on included the DOJ’s continued...

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District of Columbia Telemedicine Rules Receive First Update

District of Columbia Telemedicine Rules Receive First Update The telemedicine rules governing the District of Columbia recently received a second round of revisions, courtesy of the District of Columbia Department of Health. Issued in July 2017, the new proposed telemedicine rules address many comments submitted by advocates in the telehealth industry in response to the initial proposed rules released in early 2016. The importance of the new proposed rules is underscored by the fact that the District of Columbia Medical Board currently has no enacted laws directly addressing telemedicine, outside of a 2014 policy statement. The changes made between...

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IRS Releases Nonprofit Audit Guide

IRS Releases Nonprofit Audit Guide Being “audited” does not carry a positive connotation, especially if that audit is coming from the feared entity known as the Internal Revenue Service. However, even though no one (outside the IRS) necessarily thinks of an audit as a joyous occasion, audits do not have to be a feared, loathsome process. Those individuals and entities that fear an audit the most are likely to be those who know they are not compliant with reporting requirements, a self-induced problem. Knowing and managing the compliance requirements for a 501(c)(3) entity is a large part of the...

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CMS Withdraws Proposed Compliance Reporting Rule

CMS Withdraws Proposed Compliance Reporting Rule On October 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a withdrawal notice for a proposed rule currently in the Federal Register. The proposed rule, found at 79 FR 298 and titled “Administrative Simplification: Certification of Compliance for Health Plans,” has been on the Federal Register since January 2014. Had the proposed rule been put into full effect, it would have required controlling health plans (CHPs) to submit certain information and documentation to demonstrate compliance with HIPAA and its accompanying standards and operating rules for three specific types of...

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