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Baird Holm LLP is pleased to announce that forty of its lawyers have been listed on The Best Lawyers in America © 2020 list, and nine of its attorneys have been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year.”  The recognition of "Lawyer of the Year" is awarded to individual attorneys with the...

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Baird Holm LLP is pleased to welcome Robert L. Kardell (Bob) to the firm. His practice focuses on technology-based risk management solutions, technology and cyber threat prevention, remediation and response, and fraud prevention and investigation. Bob has more than 22 years of experience working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as...

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Super Lawyers has named 28 Baird Holm Attorneys on their annual Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Star’s Lists. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent...
Section 501(r) of the Code established a number of requirements for tax-exempt hospitals, including provisions related to financial assistance policies, limitations on charges, and billing and collection matters. Every § 501(c)(3) tax-exempt hospital, including "dual status" governmental hospitals (those governmental hospitals that separately obtained § 501(c)(3) status), must adopt and implement...
Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc., the parent company of NoMoreClipboard, recently paid $100,000 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and entered into a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. The...
On May 6, 2019, the US Department of Justice ("Department") released "Guidance" describing certain steps that parties may take to earn "cooperation credit" in False Claims Act settlements. Cooperation credit refers to the government's willingness to reduce damage multiples or "penalties" in actual FCA settlements. The Guidance will have direct bearing...
In February of 2019, the U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) released new guidance (“Guidance”) regarding school resource officers, school law enforcement units, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”). FERPA applies to all education agencies and institutions receiving funds from the Department. However, the Guidance frequently notes that the...
On July 9, 2019, the California Senate Judiciary Committee passed Assembly Bill 25, but only after changes were made to the version in an attempt to overcome opposition to the bill by labor groups was the bill passed unanimously by the California Assembly. During a Committee hearing, the bill’s author agreed...
On July 7, 2019, Utah became the third state, along with Arizona and Wyoming, to announce it would be implementing a so-called “regulatory sandbox” aimed at fintech companies. A regulatory sandbox allows start-ups and other industry providers to test products and services on a limited basis without needing to obtain a...
Federal courts are split on the issue of whether Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses sexual orientation and gender identity. In October of this year, the United States Supreme Court will hear three cases concerning how broadly sex discrimination should be interpreted in employment discrimination matters. The Court will hear...
One of the most common employer mistakes, especially in non-union environments, is the failure to recognize that employees have a legally protected right to protest or criticize working conditions. That protection resides in the National Labor Relations Act (the "Act"), regardless of whether employees are union represented. Recently, a non-union employer...
On June 13, 2019, the Trump Administration finalized regulations to expand Health Reimbursement Arrangements ("HRAs"), providing employers with more options for offering health insurance coverage to employees. The final regulations now authorize employers to provide employees with tax-preferred funds to pay for the cost of health insurance coverage purchased in the...
Despite administrative conflicts surrounding the newly revived EEO-1 Component 2 pay data requirements, employers should now begin preparing their compensation data for submission to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). As previously reported here, in April of this year, a federal judge set September 30, 2019 as the deadline for covered...
Baird Holm LLP Partner Eli A. Rosenberg discusses the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s prepaid account rule in The Review of Banking & Financial Services article, “The CFPB's Prepaid Account Rule."...
Congratulations to Thomas O. Ashby for being reappointed by the South Dakota Bar to be a member of the Bar's Debtor-Creditor Committee. The committee functions to review proposed and existing debtor-creditor legislation for the Bar, provide educational events and resources, and network about and be a resource for various recent legal...

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Baird Holm LLP is pleased to welcome Patrick J. Bartman to the firm. His practice focuses on commercial real estate and renewable energy. He routinely represents clients in the development, financing, acquisition, and sale of real property, and commercial lease negotiations and title review.  Patrick also represents investors, developers, and lenders...
A new DHHS Request for Information on Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients Over Paperwork was published in the Federal Register on June 11, 2019. (84 FR 27070) The comment period is open for 60 days from the publishing date. As described in the notice, "[t]his RFI solicits additional public comment...
CMS released draft guidance regarding requirements under the Conditions of Participation ("COPs") for hospitals co-located with other hospitals and health care providers. The draft guidance was issued by the Director of the CMS Quality, Safety and Oversight Group on May 3, 2019, and is available here. CMS requested comments regarding the...
CMS has pushed back the full implementation date for claim edits for providers with multiple service locations until October 2019. CMS has piloted claim edits that validate whether the service facility location on the claim form matches exactly the information submitted by the provider on its enrollment forms (CMS-855A) and in...
Copyright litigation can be lengthy and expensive. And, in light of two recent United States Supreme Court decisions, the delays and costs associated with copyright litigation are likely to increase. Understanding how these decisions affect copyright owners as potential litigants can help to mitigate unexpected delays and unanticipated expenses—or at least...

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