Telehealth is apparently reaching a critical mass where people are starting to review the potential problems of telehealth, rather than the potential opportunities. In a MedLaw Blog post on December 6, 2017 and my related LinkedIn post, I referenced and included the link to the OIG’s audit plan, … [Read more...] about Telehealth, Net Neutrality and the Tipping Point
On December 2, 2017, the Department of Health issued the new maximum fees for duplication of medical records. The link to the Pennsylvania Bulletin Announcement follows: Click here to Read the Announcement. … [Read more...] about 2018 Pennsylvania Approved Medical Records Fees
Matt Hoffman presented this topic at the annual Sam Francis Legal Workshop held by the Tri-State Area School Study Council and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. Please feel free to contact Matt Hoffman for copies of the powerpoint. … [Read more...] about Construction Fundamentals: Avoiding Common Pitfalls
A recent change to the Pennsylvania Liquor Code has resulted in the creation of a new investigation and suspension process for Pennsylvania liquor licensees. Beginning in January 2018, the Liquor Control Board will begin implementing a License Compliance Program (“LCP”) as a way to ensure liquor … [Read more...] about A New Sheriff in Town — PA Liquor Control Board Institutes License Compliance Program
Newly elected officials may be surprised to discover their votes and actions have legal implications. Preventing a resident from speaking at a public meeting may result in a violation of the First Amendment and a civil rights law suit. Failure to comply with the state Sunshine Act during a … [Read more...] about Keep Calm and Call the Lawyer: Understanding the Role of a Municipal Solicitor
Telehealth has apparently reached the tipping point in its significance to the Medicare budget, because OIG has now announced that it will “review Medicare claims for telehealth services provided at distant sites that do not have corresponding claims from originating sites to determine whether those … [Read more...] about Telehealth Reaches Tipping Point – Now Included in OIG Audit Plan
School Districts should keep in mind last year’s guidance from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) that students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are entitled to equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The … [Read more...] about A Reminder of OCR Guidance Regarding Students With ADHD
A Category 4 slot machine licensee will be authorized to operate no less than 300 and no more than 750 slot machines at a licensed facility (“ Category 4 casino”). Act 42 prohibits a Category 4 casino from being built within 25 miles of a Category 1, 2 or 3 casino unless the owner of a Category 4 … [Read more...] about Could a Casino be Coming to Your Neighborhood? Opt-Out Deadline Approaching!
You may be surprised to learn that you can commit an export control violation without shipping a single product overseas. This is due to the “deemed export” rule. Simply put, you must obtain an export license from the Bureau of Industry and Commerce before you can legally release controlled … [Read more...] about Deemed Exports and You
On November 16, 2017 the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“PLCB”) released the results from its most recent auction of expired “zombie” restaurant licenses. The results of the highest bidders can be found at Auction 4 Top Bidders. The PLCB’s ability to auction previously expired licenses was … [Read more...] about Results of “Zombie” Restaurant Liquor License Auction
The Senate version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes the House Bill’s increases in federal estate and gift tax exemption amounts - doubling the base amount from $5 million to $10 million (indexed for inflation) - but omits the repeal of the estate tax, making the eventual repeal anticipated in … [Read more...] about On Again / Off Again – Estate Tax Repeal Efforts
Valley Forge Towers Apartments N, L.P. v. Upper Merion Area School Dist., 2017 Pa. LEXIS 1520, 163 A.3d 962 (Pa. July 5, 2017). (The Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that school district’s tax assessment appeal policy violated state uniformity clause). Summary and Factual Background The Upper … [Read more...] about Tax Appeals Based on Property Type May Violate State Constitution
On October 18, 2017 the Pennsylvania Supreme handed down its decision in Nextel Communications of the Mid Atlantic v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania No. 6 EAP 2016. The tax provision at issue gave taxpayers with a net operating loss carry forward deduction of the higher of 12.5% of the current … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declares $3,000,000 Net Loss Carryover Deduction Unconstitutional
The law firm of Tucker Arensberg, P.C. is pleased to announce that two attorneys were elected to the firm’s membership (shareholders) effective November 1, 2017. The new Shareholders practice out of the Pittsburgh office. Newly elected Shareholders include: Brian J. Kahle and Danielle L. … [Read more...] about Two Attorneys Elected as Shareholders at Tucker Arensberg, P.C.
A summary of the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was released this morning (11/2/17) and reveals some major changes. The federal estate tax and generation-skipping transfer tax exclusions are increased from the current $5 million (indexed for inflation) to $10 million (also indexed) starting in … [Read more...] about Proposed 2017 Tax Act Revealed – Death Tax Repeal Included