USCIS Rescinds Memo on Deference for Renewals

Although it has not received as much news coverage as travel bans and the DACA decision, the administration has also been making it harder for companies utilizing the legal immigration system. The latest example came at the end of October, when the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services released a Policy Memorandum stating that officers will no longer give deference [...]

By |2017-11-13T10:48:42-06:00November 13, 2017|

Corporate Integrity Agreement Highlights Individual Accountability within Health Care Organizations

A physician-owned chain of family medicine clinics located in and around Columbia, South Carolina, Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina, LLC (“FMC”), has agreed to pay the United States $1.56 million, and its principal owner and former chief executive officer, Dr. Stephen F. Serbin, and its former Laboratory Director, Victoria Serbin, have agreed to pay $443,000, to resolve a False [...]

By |2017-11-08T10:10:41-06:00October 13, 2017|

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Takes Effect Nov. 15

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the November 15, 2017 deadline for new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulations on emergency preparedness seems all the more critical. Hundreds of facilities were devastated by flooding and damage, leaving them without vital patient data and at risk of security breaches and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. [...]

By |2017-10-13T10:37:21-06:00October 10, 2017|

Trump Administration: DACA to Be Phased Out Over Six Months

The Trump administration announced today that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will be phased out over the course of six months. DACA, an executive action signed by former President Barack Obama, provides legal protections to approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the country illegally as children. In a statement, Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke said the administration’s [...]

By |2017-09-05T12:11:26-06:00September 5, 2017|

USCIS Reverses Long-Standing Policy for Adjustment of Status Applicants

In a change of long-standing policy, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has elected to stop granting advance parole to adjustment of status applicants who travel internationally while their application is pending. This means that individuals with an H-1B or L-1 visa who travel while the advance parole application is pending, or individuals seeking to renew their advance parole documents, [...]

By |2017-08-29T14:59:44-06:00August 30, 2017|

RAISE Act Would Bring Major Immigration Changes if Passed

A newly proposed bill — the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act — aims to reduce the number of immigrants legally entering the United States through a merit, point-based system that would favor highly-skilled workers who are proficient in English. If passed, the bill could cut the number of immigrants who legally enter the Unites States each year [...]

By |2017-08-28T16:08:42-06:00August 29, 2017|

DOL and DHS Promise to Detect Fraud in Worker Visa Programs

A number of technology companies rely heavily on foreign workers — and the H-1B program — to fill positions requiring specialized, highly trained employees. However, a recent executive order asking for an overhaul of the H-1B program is beginning to take effect, and it could become increasingly difficult for tech companies to easily and affordably obtain a skilled workforce. Moreover, [...]

By |2017-08-02T10:46:55-06:00August 2, 2017|

Medicare Fraud Strike Force Sends Strong Message on Fraud and Abuse

Highlighting its continued focus on cracking down on Medicare fraud and abuse practices, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this month the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action precipitated by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. As part of this national health care fraud takedown, the government charged 412 defendants with approximately $1.3 billion [...]

By |2017-10-10T13:03:18-06:00July 27, 2017|