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DOJ’s Monaco Memorandum Refocuses on Individual Accountability, Prompt Self-Disclosure, and Clear Guidelines to Prosecutors

Posted on September 21, 2022 by

In September 2022, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memorandum from Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco that included significant changes to the way the DOJ handles corporate criminal enforcement.  The (Monaco Memorandum) built upon and expanded the DOJ’s manner of handling so-called “white collar” crimes and provides guidelines for federal prosecutors across […]

Make Sure Overtime is Calculated Correctly

Posted on August 17, 2022 by

The Fair Labor Standards Act provides an employee should receive compensation for overtime hours at a rate “not less than one and one-half times the regular rate at which he is employed.” 29 U.S.C. § 207(a)(1). This is a well-known principle by employers and employees alike. However, “regular rate” is not the same as the […]

Guidance on Nondiscrimination in Telehealth Released by the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services

Posted on August 15, 2022 by

On July 29, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly released “Guidance on Nondiscrimination in Telehealth: Federal Protections to Ensure Accessibility to People with Disabilities and Limited English Proficient Persons” (Telehealth Guidance). The complete Telehealth Guidance can be accessed on the HHS Website.  The Telehealth […]

Special Fraud Alert on Telemedicine Company Arrangements Issued by OIG

Posted on August 5, 2022 by

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) has issued a Special Fraud Alert covering potential fraudulent arrangements involving companies providing telemedicine services.  This Special Fraud Alert comes at a time telehealth is seeing a great deal of expansion on the heels of the COVID pandemic.  In the Special Fraud Alert, the OIG focuses on fraud schemes […]

Significant Changes to Medical Collection Debt Reporting: How Might it Affect Business?

Posted on July 27, 2022 by

In March of this year, the three major nationwide credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) announced there would be substantial changes to medical collection debt reporting coming this summer in an effort to help consumers faced with unexpected medical bills.  The changes will remove nearly 70% of medical collection debt tradelines from consumer credit […]

Estate Planning for Young Farmers

Posted on July 20, 2022 by

Estate planning isn’t just for the elderly. Young farmers can also benefit from taking a quick look at their own estate and succession plans. It is not uncommon for the estate and succession planning process to focus on the older generation, as they may be the individuals that have the most assets to plan for, […]

CMS Proposes Changes to Direct Supervision Rules of Counselors and Other Behavioral Health Providers

Posted on July 14, 2022 by

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its 2023 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule seeking public comment on various policy changes impacting payment and process under Medicare Part B.  The proposed rules were published on July 7, 2022.  A large part of the focus of the proposed rule changes involves the expansion of […]

Wisconsin Rapids-Based Attorneys Join Ruder Ware

Posted on July 11, 2022

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Wisconsin Rapids-based Attorneys J.P. La Chapelle and Eric Preu to its team. La Chapelle, whose family has deep ties to the area, has practiced in Wisconsin Rapids for more than a decade. “Joining Ruder Ware will allow us to offer a broader range of legal services […]

Attorney Aric Burch Receives Certification In Elder Law

Posted on July 7, 2022 by

The National Elder Law Foundation recently certified Attorney Aric Burch as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) – one of twelve in the state of Wisconsin.  The only certification program approved by the American Bar Association for elder law, the program was developed to identify lawyers who have the enhanced knowledge, skills, and experience to […]

Consumer Collections in Wisconsin

Posted on June 29, 2022 by

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided to some extent, banks and lenders are beginning to resume collections.  Further, as interest rates and inflation continue to rise, it is likely that the number of past due accounts will also rise.  One of the issues with collections are the slew of regulations that come with collections […]