Healthcare Blog Series: CMS and HHS-OIG Issue Final Rules Updating the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law

***This is an update to the second installment of the blog series, which detailed proposed revisions to the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law.*** On November 20, 2020, over one year after releasing proposed changes to the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law), the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two final rules, revising the AKS and Stark Law safe . . . Read More

Top Bases for REAs and Claims Arising Under COVID-19

COVID-19 has increased costs for government contractors in almost every sector. Requests for Equitable Adjustment (REAs) and claims are available to contractors seeking compensation. But when should you submit an REA or claim? Below are top bases for filing REAs or claims that government contractors should look for when facing cost increases due to COVID-19. Delays Delays in contract performance are a common driver of increased costs and/or the need to extend a contract’s period of performance for government contractors. . . . Read More

DOJ Announces FY 2020 Fraud and FCA Recovery Statistics: What They Mean for 2021

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it recovered more than $2.2 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and the False Claims Act (FCA) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 (ending September 30, 2020). DOJ’s FY 2020 fraud and FCA recovery statistics report accompanied the announcement. With a global pandemic that often delayed proceedings, the $2.2 billion in recoveries was DOJ’s lowest haul since 2008. Although the announcement and report revealed a significant decline in recoveries . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – January 20, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . COVID-19 Client Resource Center: To access resources for businesses navigating the COVID-19 crisis, we invite you to visit PilieroMazza’s “ COVID-19 Client Resource Center .” Contact covid19@pilieromazza.com for immediate assistance. WEBINAR: COVID-19 Relief in 2021: What Small Businesses Need to Know, February 2, 2021,  Cy AlbaNichole Atallah , and  Kathryn Hickey . Read more  here . LABOR & EMPLOYMENT 2021 Labor and Employment Spotlight: A List of Key Legal Updates for Employers, January 13, 2021, Nichole Atallah , Sara Nasseri , and Sarah Nash Undeniably, 2020 was . . . Read More

The End of An Area: Planning Now for Potential Loss of HUBZone Status

2021 is an important year for the many HUBZone firms located in redesignated areas that will lose HUBZone status after 12/31/21. For these firms, the time is now to plan for maintaining HUBZone status in 2022 and beyond. Here’s what you need to know. If you are located in a redesignated area that loses HUBZone eligibility after this year, you could make plans this year to move your office to a new location that will still be HUBZone eligible after . . . Read More

DOJ Announces Nation’s First Settlement of Civil Case for PPP Loan Fraud

On January 12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a settlement with California-based SlideBelts, Inc. (SlideBelts) and its president and chief executive officer in what is advertised as the country’s first settlement in a civil case arising out of fraud in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan program initiated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This first-of-its-kind settlement is a reminder to small businesses that received PPP loans to take their representations and . . . Read More

The VA Issues Class Deviation: Important Changes Governing Limitations on Subcontracting Effective Immediately

On December 23, 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a class deviation to implement the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) formulation of the limitations on subcontracting (LOS) and nonmanufacturer rule (NMR) for all VA contracts awarded to small businesses or under SBA socioeconomic programs. SBA’s formulation is outlined in its May 31, 2016, final rule . The VA’s class deviation follows the release of a Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (CAAC) letter , which authorized civilian agencies to issue such class deviations to promote regulatory . . . Read More

2021 Labor and Employment Spotlight: A List of Key Legal Updates for Employers

Undeniably, 2020 was a year like no other. Faced with a global pandemic and a tumultuous election, employers were presented with a unique set of challenges and a myriad of new—and at times, very vague—laws and regulations. Despite the start of a new year and a new administration in just a week, much of 2020 still lingers on, including some of its novel policies. However, the new year and new administration also signal a shift in direction for labor and . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – January 13, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . PilieroMazza Builds on Strategic Plan for the Future, January 5, 2021 PilieroMazza announced that, effective January 1, 2021,  Tony Franco  became Managing Partner, assuming the role held for over three decades by Founding Partner  Pam Mazza . Commenting on the change, Pam remarked, “Tony is a proven leader with a solid understanding of not only the practice of law, but also the business of law. He is more than capable of leading us . . . Read More

Matt Feinberg Elected a Member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Earlier this month, PilieroMazza Partner, Matt Feinberg, was elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.  Among the world’s leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) comprises a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers demonstrate outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities.  Membership is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in . . . Read More