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Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Government Contractors creating Joint Ventures has steadily increased in popularity over the last few years.  The exact reasons vary:  need for greater capability in the prime entity, local registration requirements for DCS in foreign jurisdictions, pursuit of set-aside contracts under…

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

If your business is awarded a government contract with the General Services Administration (“GSA”) or the Department of Defense (“DOD”), it needs to understand the tightened cybersecurity regulations recently introduced by both agencies.  Both of these regulations will require that…

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Every year, the United States government sets aside a substantial amount of money to fund contracts for which only “small” businesses can compete.  Whether a business is considered “small” for purposes of competing on a given contract depends on the…

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services has released some much-anticipated rules of the road that will help implement the Affordable Care Act, including requirements on essential health benefits and preventing discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. The first rule makes clear…

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Imagine you are working on a federal government contract.  The Government is happy with your work.  You have received excellent performance ratings and high award fees.  Your employees may have even received commendations for their efforts in supporting the Government’s…

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Governor Bentley told the Birmingham Business Alliance today that he would not set up a state-run health insurance exchange, and he will not expand Medicaid as provided under health care reform. Once established, the health insurance exchanges will be places for…

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

In its front-page story on President Obama’s reelection, the New York Times reports, “For Mr. Obama, the result brings a ratification of his sweeping health care act, which Mr. Romney had vowed to repeal.  The law will now continue on course toward nearly full…

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

“House members look to ease Medicare audit burden on hospitals” is the title of a recent post by Pete Kasperowicz in his The Hill’s Floor Action Blog.  Last week, four House of Representatives members introduced bill H.R. 6575, that endeavors to ease the burden…

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Two major but less discussed programs under the Affordable Care Act took effect October 1, 2012, which are part of the government’s effort to deliver better quality health care.  Both programs aim to reward hospitals for providing more efficient and…

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

“Same Doctor Visit, Double the Cost” – this is the title of a recent Wall Street Journal article written by Anna Wilde Mathews, which provides a view on the hospital-physician integration phenomenon.  The article describes the higher fees charged by hospitals that…