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False Claims Act Settlement Puts Spotlight on Pharmacy Auto-Refills For Medicaid Beneficiaries

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Andrew C. Walker on June 13, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

A May 29, 2018 United States Attorney’s Office District of Minnesota press release reported that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Sam’s West, Inc. (d/b/a Sam’s Club) have agreed to pay a total of $825,000 to resolve allegations that the stores violated the federal False Claims Act and Minnesota False...


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Considerations for Business Owners as a Result of the New IRS Partnership Audit Rules

Posted by: Nicholas J. Anderson and Christopher Engel on May 24, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Act”) changed the IRS partnership audit rules effective as of January 1, 2018.  The changes to the partnership audit rules are unrelated to the much-publicized Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, but the new partnership audit rules should not be overlooked by...


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ISDH Issues Proposed Rule Amending the Newborn Screening Program

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Maggie C. Little on May 24, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On May 9, 2018, the Indiana State Department of Health issued a proposed rule to amend certain regulations governing the Newborn Screening Program in 410 Indiana Administrative Code 3-3 (the “Proposed Rule”).  The Proposed Rule amends the list of disorders newborns must be screened for and the...


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Importance Of Having A Contingency Plan

Posted by: Stacy Walton Long and Stephanie T. Eckerle on May 24, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In March 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a newsletter entitled, “Plan A… B… Contingency Plan!” While contingency plans are already required under the HIPAA Security Rule1, OCR’s newsletter provides guidance regarding the importance and...


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Update on the May Meeting of the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse

Posted by: Amy M. Levander and Laura A. Brown on May 10, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse (“Commission”) met on Thursday, May 3, 2018 to continue its collaboration and work to combat various drug and addiction issues in Indiana. 

Several updates on current initiatives were first provided, including the status of INSPECT integration, the...


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Indiana Medicaid Finalizes Rule Changes Affecting Medicaid Home Health Providers

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson, Andrew C. Walker, and Brandon W. Shirley on May 10, 2018

The Office of the Secretary of Family and Social Services finalized LSA Document #17-342, which is a rule amendment that impacts Indiana Medicaid home health service providers (“Final Rule”).[1] In general, the Final Rule seeks to align Indiana home health service policies with those of 42...


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OCR Issues Guidance on the Performance of a HIPAA Risk Analysis v. a Gap Analysis

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Stacy Walton Long on May 10, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In April 2018 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) published guidance entitled “Risk Analyses v. Gap Analyses – What is the difference?” (the “Guidance”).[1] This Guidance is extremely helpful for both covered entities and business associates on the...


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