Recent News and Industry Developments

PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCES NEW VACCINE MANDATE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND LARGE EMPLOYERS
Advisories | News | PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCES NEW VACCINE MANDATE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND LARGE EMPLOYERS

September 13, 2021 On Thursday, September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced a multi-pronged COVID-19 plan, which includes several broad new federal vaccine mandates that will cover, among other groups,… Read more »

THE FTC ANNOUNCES ITS INTENT TO INCLUDE PRIOR APPROVAL PROVISIONS IN MERGER ORDERS
Advisories | News | THE FTC ANNOUNCES ITS INTENT TO INCLUDE PRIOR APPROVAL PROVISIONS IN MERGER ORDERS

November 15, 2021 The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued a policy statement announcing its intention to require merging parties subject to an FTC order for pursing an anticompetitive merger… Read more »

CMS AND OSHA COVID-19 VACCINATION AND TESTING UPDATES
Advisories | News | CMS AND OSHA COVID-19 VACCINATION AND TESTING UPDATES

November 10, 2021 On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (“CMS”) announced the issuance of emergency regulations that will require many healthcare providers who participate… Read more »

EEOC ISSUES UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDANCE ON TITLE VII RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS
Advisories | News | EEOC ISSUES UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDANCE ON TITLE VII RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS

November 4, 2021 On Monday, October 25, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) published updated technical assistance for employers navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and employees’ requests for reasonable accommodation… Read more »

VIRGINIA CIRCUIT COURT UPHOLDS PATIENT SAFETY WORK PRODUCT PRIVILEGE, DIRECTS PLAINTIFF TO DISCOVER FACTS ELSEWHERE
Advisories | News | VIRGINIA CIRCUIT COURT UPHOLDS PATIENT SAFETY WORK PRODUCT PRIVILEGE, DIRECTS PLAINTIFF TO DISCOVER FACTS ELSEWHERE

October 8, 2021 Facts are facts, but it does matter where they reside. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (the PSQIA) was never intended to prevent a… Read more »

VIRGINIA LAUNCHES VACCINE QR CODES TO VERIFY COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS
Advisories | News | VIRGINIA LAUNCHES VACCINE QR CODES TO VERIFY COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS

September 20, 2021 On September 16, 2021, the Virginia Department of Health announced that individuals can obtain QR codes – a type of barcode that can be scanned using smartphones… Read more »

GAME CHANGER? FALSE CLAIMS AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2021 BILL INTRODUCED
Advisories | News | GAME CHANGER? FALSE CLAIMS AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2021 BILL INTRODUCED

July 27, 2021 On Tuesday, July 26, 2021, a bipartisan group of senators led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced the False Claims Amendments Act of 2021 (“Amendments Act”). The… Read more »

RELEASE OF INTERIM FINAL RULES BANNING SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLING
News | RELEASE OF INTERIM FINAL RULES BANNING SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLING

July 7, 2021 BACKGROUND On Thursday, July 1, 2021, the Biden Administration in tandem with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor (DOL), the Office… Read more »

SHOW ME THE MONEY: PAYING YOUR EMPLOYEES CORRECTLY UNDER VIRGINIA’S NEW OVERTIME LAW
Advisories | News | SHOW ME THE MONEY: PAYING YOUR EMPLOYEES CORRECTLY UNDER VIRGINIA’S NEW OVERTIME LAW

July 6, 2021 On July 1, 2021, the new Virginia Overtime Wage Act (VOWA) went into effect significantly modifying longstanding Virginia employment laws. See Virginia Code § 40.1-29.2. Many Virginia… Read more »

DOL ISSUES EMERGENCY WORKPLACE SAFETY RULES FOR HEALTHCARE EMPLOYERS
Advisories | News | DOL ISSUES EMERGENCY WORKPLACE SAFETY RULES FOR HEALTHCARE EMPLOYERS

June 21, 2021 On June 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued an emergency temporary standard (“ETS”) aimed at protecting health care workers… Read more »

REMINDER TO LTC PROVIDERS: CMS INTERIM RULE ON VACCINATIONS IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES
Advisories | News | REMINDER TO LTC PROVIDERS: CMS INTERIM RULE ON VACCINATIONS IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

June 9, 2021 On May 11, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published an interim final rule, CMS-3414-IFC (the “Final Rule”), along with interpretive guidance, QSO-21-19-NH, outlining… Read more »

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