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October 27, 2014
On October 23, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2014-99, which applies cost of living adjustments (“COLAs”) to various limits applicable to qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts for the 2015 year. The Notice will impact a variety of retirement plans for their upcoming plan year.
October 24, 2014
October 23, 2014
An issue we often overlook and many are unaware of relates to the payment of the terminated employee’s final wages. The applicable law is West Virginia Code 21-5-4. The law provides that a board of education/employer must pay a terminated employee’s wages no later than the next regular payday or within four business days. If payment is not made accordingly, the board of education/employer is liable to the employee for three times that unpaid amount as liquidated damages.
October 22, 2014
Effective October 27, 2014, the Medicare Program Integrity Manual (“Manual”) will require Medicare Administrative Contractors (“MACs”) to participate in administrative hearings concerning medical review decisions.
October 17, 2014
October 17, 2014
The October 31st deadline to review and revise your tax allocation agreement is rapidly approaching. Banks and their holding companies need to ensure their agreements are in compliance with new regulatory guidance that, amongst other things, expressly acknowledges an agency relationship exists between the entities.
October 16, 2014
Citing that “most teens who abuse pain relievers say they get them from family and friends,” the use of prescription pain drugs continues to take center stage and has spurred an Ohio law requiring new procedures when prescribing opioids to minors.
October 9, 2014
On October 9, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Proposed Rule revising current conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies (HHAs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This is the first time the home health regulations have been significantly revised since 1989.
October 7, 2014
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) new regulations, aimed to cut down on prescription drug abuse, will soon allow patients to return unused pharmaceuticals to authorized locations. The new rules go into effect October 9, 2014.
October 3, 2014
On October 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Proposed Rule amending both the safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute and the civil monetary penalty (CMP) rules. The Proposed Rule would add new safe harbors, codify revisions to the definition of “remuneration,” and add new regulatory text interpreting the Gainsharing CMP provisions. Taking note of Congress’ intention that the safe harbor regulations be updated periodically to reflect changing business practices and technologies in the health care industry, the Proposed Rule reflects OIG’s desire to protect certain arrangements that it believes enhance effective delivery of health care and provide low risk to the Federal health care programs.