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The Federal Government Really Wants You to Take Self Disclose

Posted on May 28, 2019 by

The Department of Justice (DOJ) along with other health care fraud enforcement agencies, continue to send strong signals that they want businesses to police themselves for potential compliance issues and self-disclose where infractions are found.  The fact of the matter is the government simply does not have enough resources to track down and take action […]

2020 HSA Contribution Limits are Announced

Posted on May 28, 2019 by

Today the IRS announced the HSA limits for calendar year 2020.  Hard to believe we are already talking 2020, especially after a Memorial Day weekend in Wisconsin where the air conditioning and furnace were both needed.  As you long for summer, look forward to slightly higher limits in 2020, as set forth in the chart […]

The Essence of Compliance – Compliance Officer Authority and Resource Allocation

Posted on May 24, 2019 by

How Are Compliance Budgeting and Compliance Officer Autonomy Tied Together When Assessing Compliance Effectiveness? The Department of Justice (“DOJ”)’s compliance program evaluation identifies the need to allocate sufficient revenues to the compliance program as one of the key issues that indicates compliance program effectiveness.  The issue of resource allocation has been identified since the early […]

Carefully Consider Fiduciary Obligations

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

The sponsorship of a qualified retirement plan can be rewarding but frustrating – there are so many rules. Unfortunately agricultural employers are not given a break when it comes to sponsoring such retirement plans. Examples of qualified retirement plans are 401(k) plans, profit-sharing plans and money-purchase plans. Leaving the tax rules for another day — […]

HIPAA this, HIPAA that. Everything is a HIPAA Issue. Deconstructing the “HIPAA Bias.”

Posted on May 21, 2019 by

HIPAA, as a body of regulations protecting the confidentiality of patient health care information, has been branded very effectively.  Most staff at your average health care facility know about HIPAA and that it protects the confidentiality of a patient’s health care information.  They understand they cannot go home and discuss patients they treat and that […]

DOJ’s New Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs – A Good Time to Focus on the Essence of Compliance

Posted on May 20, 2019 by

The Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released an update (April, 2019) to its Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation).  The Evaluation was first introduced in 2017 to provide guidance for prosecutors to consider when conducting investigations, determining whether to bring charges, and negotiating plea and other agreements.  The Evaluation […]

Who Gets Your Property if You Die Without a Will?

Posted on May 16, 2019 by

Some clients decide to hire an attorney to prepare their estate planning documents because they do not like the default laws in Wisconsin about who gets their property if they die without a will.  In Wisconsin, if you die without a will, or your will doesn’t give all of your property away, your property will […]

New CMS Rules for Inpatient Rehabilitation

Posted on May 13, 2019 by

Well, it’s a start.  New Medicare rules kicked in starting January 1, 2019 that are aimed at focusing less provider time on paperwork and more on patient care in inpatient rehabilitation facilities.  Any change that reduces paperwork in this overregulated area is welcome, but the actual impact of the announced changes are incremental at best. […]

Tyler Richardson Selected for Prestigious Paralegal of the Year

Posted on May 9, 2019

Ruder Ware is pleased to congratulate Tyler Richardson on receiving the “Paralegal of the Year” Award from the Paralegal Association of Wisconsin (PAW).  Tyler is the third Ruder Ware paralegal to receive the honor – Anita Seering was honored in 2013 and Angela Gonzalez in 2015. The “Paralegal of the Year” award is the most […]

Dairy Breakfasts, Farm Tours and Other Events–How to Limit Your Liability When Hosting an Event on the Farm

Posted on April 22, 2019 by

Hosting an event is a great way to build community morale, gain exposure for the host and possibly even make a little money. Farms can make excellent venues for hosting all types of events. The farmer hosting an event should make it his or her goal that each event-goer is having too good of a […]