On August 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced in a blog post reminiscent of a Burger King commercial that physicians and other clinicians can indeed “have it their way” when reporting for the first year of the Quality Payment Program (“QPP”). CMS received nearly 4,000 comments to the QPP rules proposed in April. The American Medical Association and other physician advocates urged delay in the reporting requirements while others felt a delay would unfairly penalize those who have been preparing for new reimbursement systems. CMS also fielded questions at a Senate Finance Committee hearing in July and CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt indicated at that time that CMS was open to different approaches. Continue reading
Shumaker was proud to sponsor the ACC Charlotte’s annual manufacturing facility tour and networking event in March of this year. The tour, hosted by Rogue Farms Urban Hydroponics in Charlotte, NC, was led by owner Nicole Burnette who educated event attendees on the history of the farm, sourcing of plants and equipment, and the impact their farm has on the community. Following the tour, Siu Challons, Chair of the Art Department of Queens University and local artist Nick Napolentano presented on the Old Masters with a discussion on their impact on modern art.
“A common letter offers to negotiate “on an expedited basis” a settlement that requires a calculator to add up the costs. The proposed relief includes conducting a needs assessment on the website, contracting with approved third-party web developers to conform the existing site to several “ADA accessibility standards,” monthly third-party testing and monitoring for extended periods (i.e. five years), and implementing new ADA accessibility policies and staff training. And, of course, payment of “reasonable” attorney’s fees and costs.”
While President Trump has vowed to eliminate U.S. EPA, there are enough checks and balances to speculate that little will change under this Administration; if there is change, expect it to come slowly. Continue reading
Contrary to popular opinion, there are serious immigration consequences for nonimmigrants who are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) or a related offense. According to recently released guidance found in the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Manual, the Department of State (DOS) is authorized to prudentially revoke a visa based on a potential ineligibility for health related reasons when it is notified that a visa holder with a still valid visa was arrested or convicted of a DUI or related offense. Continue reading
There has always been a “battle” between motor carriers and shippers around the issue of applicable bill of lading (“BOL”) forms. With primarily respect to less-than truckload (“LTL”) carriers who participate in the National Motor Freight Classification (“NMFC”) tariff, many such carriers attempt to use the standard NMFC BOL which incorporates by reference the published tariff which contains specific (and often severe) limitations on the cargo damage and loss claims liability of the motor carriers. Continue reading
There is no steering around the Federal Excise Tax (“FET”) on heavy trucks and trailers, and some companies are finding that out in the most unpleasant way possible – through an IRS audit. Similar to states’ sales taxes, the federal government imposes a 12% tax on the sale of trucks with a gross vehicle weight (“GVW”) above 33,000 pounds, trailers above 26,000 pounds, and tractors above 19,500 pounds. Continue reading