Waller | February 2022

On February 10, 2022, the Senate passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021,H.R. 4445. It is expected to be signed by President Biden shortly. The Act did the seemingly impossible by passing on lopsided, bipartisan votes in both the House and Senate, befitting its odd-couple Senate sponsors: Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) ...

Waller | January 2022

Today, the Supreme Court issued decisions in the COVID mandate cases that have had employers across the country on the edge of their seats. In aper curiam6-3 decision, the Court stayed the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard that required all employers with 100 or more employees to require COVID vaccination or weekly testing ...

Waller | January 2022

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit vacated its opinion in the disability discrimination case,Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., No. 17-13467-CC ...

Waller | December 2021

As November drew to a close, two district courts changed the landscape for healthcare employers who were working towards the December 5 deadline to implement the CMS Interim Final Rule’s vaccination mandate. On November 29, a federal district court in Missouriissued a preliminary injunctionenjoining the Government from imposing and enforcing the CMS IFR ...

Waller | November 2021

Earlier this month, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG)published an advisory opinionthat permitted a pain management practice to retain the profits it received from billing for the anesthesia services that an employed CRNA provided at an ASC partially owned by the practice’s physician-owner ...

Waller | November 2021

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit vacated its most recent opinion in the debt-collection caseHunstein v. Preferred Collection & Management Services, Inc., No. 19-14434 ...

Waller | November 2021

The House narrowly passed the Build Back Better bill on Nov. 19 with a vote of 220 to 213, after an overnight delay. The $1.75 trillion social spending bill includes the ability for Medicare to negotiate drug prices, new hearing benefits for Medicare beneficiaries, and extended Affordable Care Act subsidies. The bill will still have to pass the Senate, and Senate Democrats are expected to make revisions ...

Waller | November 2021

CMS approved the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s applicationfor a 1115 Demonstration on October 21, 2021. The 1115 Demonstration, in combination with a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (“HCSB”) Waiver and a 1915(i) Medicaid State Plan HCBS Program, will facilitate the creation of a new Community Waiver Program (the “Program”) ...

Waller | November 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized its proposal to expand the experimental Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model to all 50 states and conclusively transition Medicare home health services to outcome-driven, value-based reimbursement beginning in calendar year (CY) 2023 ...

Waller | November 2021

In September, President Biden announced aggressive plans to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, taking the fight directly to the workplace and ordering mandatory vaccination or weekly testing to employers with 100 or more employees. This week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued anEmergency Temporary Standard(ETS) regarding the COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for employers ...

Waller | November 2021

After convening for a special legislative session to address COVID-19 countermeasures, the Tennessee General Assembly passed sweeping legislation in the early hours of Saturday morning that limits the authority of public schools, local health departments, government entities, and private businesses to implement COVID-19 related restrictions ...

Waller | October 2021

Speaking at the keynote address at the annual ABA White Collar event in Miami this week, Lisa Monaco, the Deputy Attorney General announced major changes to how the Biden Justice Department will approach corporate crime. These announcements will undoubtedly change the way the Department of Justice investigates and prosecutes those cases, and the way in which corporations and individuals who are the subject of those investigations respond ...

Waller | October 2021

On October 14, 2021, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced a $25 million healthcare fraud settlement against a private equity firm and former executives of the firm’s portfolio company. The settlement is significant because it is the largest healthcare fraud settlement in the country to date against a private equity firm based on the firm’s oversight of its healthcare portfolio company ...

Waller | October 2021

Representation and warranty insurance (RWI) has boomed in popularity in the highly-regulated world of healthcare provider deals, and many dealmakers assume it will continue to be available as we ride the current wave of deals seeking to close by year-end 2021. That assumption may be wrong ...

Waller | July 2021

On May 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released long-anticipated updates to its guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.  In addition to clarifying the confidentiality requirements for vaccination information and guidelines for instituting vaccination incentive programs, the EEOC provided additional direction for employers implementing mandatory and employer-sponsored voluntary vaccination programs ...

Waller | July 2021

President Joe Biden is issuing an executive order today that aims to increase competition in the U.S. economy ...

Waller | June 2021

I spent about a third of my 25-year legal career as a federal prosecutor. In that job, I was trained to apply the Principles of Federal Prosecution (PFP), Justice Manual, §9-27.001, et seq., to determine whether and how to charge the white-collar cases I investigated. Sometimes that process was straightforward, but more often the answer was complicated by factors beyond the merits of a particular case ...

Waller | June 2021

Back in mid-March, the Department of Labor (DOL) notified key stakeholders of the likelihood it would be issuing new regulations concerning COVID-19. Yesterday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the DOL issued the long-awaited Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding safety requirements that healthcare employers must implement and adhere to in light of COVID-19 ...

Waller | June 2021

On May 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released long-anticipated updates to its guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.  In addition to clarifying the confidentiality requirements for vaccination information and guidelines for instituting vaccination incentive programs, the EEOC provided additional direction for employers implementing mandatory and employer-sponsored voluntary vaccination programs ...

Waller | April 2021

The threat that a company’s website violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has diminished some thanks to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Lawsuits have become increasingly common alleging that websites must be “accessible” to persons with visual disabilities, such as is required for “public accommodations” under the ADA – like Braille keypads at ATMs and wheelchair ramps at sidewalks ...

Waller | April 2021

Bankruptcy courts are granted, under Section 105(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, the equitable power to “issue any order, process, or judgment that is necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of this title.” The reality of chapter 11 is that complex issues inevitably arise, and these issues will occasionally challenge the traditional methods and tools utilized by debtor’s counsel to craft an appropriate solution ...

Waller | April 2021

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rescinded seven policy statements issued during 2020 that provided temporary relief for financial institutions in consumer financial markets including mortgages, credit reporting, credit cards and prepaid cards ...

Waller | April 2021

In its discretionary funding request for fiscal year (FY) 2022, the Biden administration is seeking an additional $1.2 billion for the IRS – a 10.4% increase over FY 2021. $900 million of the increase will be earmarked for compliance. The additional funding in the White House proposal would enable the IRS to “increase oversight of high-income and corporate tax returns,” according to a statement issued by U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen ...

Waller | April 2021

It was only a matter of time – following the election of President Biden and Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress – before the Biden administration and legislative leaders would turn their attention to changing the tax code. While it is early in what promises to be a loud and lengthy legislative debate in Congress, tax proposals introduced by high-profile senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) designed to raise $5 ...

Waller | March 2021

Yesterday, the Department of Labor informally notified key stakeholders that it will soon be issuing new regulations concerning COVID-19.  One expectation is that the regulations will require employers to not only implement COVID-19 prevention programs but also follow CDC guidelines ...

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