Knudsen Law Blog Posts

Overzealous Nursing Home Settles Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination Claim

In a case alleging that Isabella Geriatric Center (“IGC”) was too aggressive in asking immigrant workers to provide documentation, the nursing home has agreed to pay $14,500 in civil penalties to the United States; undergo training on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA; establish a back pay fund to […]

Many Uninsured Live in States Without Expanded Medicaid

A recent survey showed Americans without health insurance coverage are most concentrated in states that have not expanded Medicaid.  As of June, 60.4% of those without coverage lived in the 25 states that have not expanded Medicaid, up from 49.7% in September of 2013.

The Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center’s […]

New Executive order prohibits LGBT discrimination by federal contractors

Last week,  President Obama issued an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Federal contractors or federally-assisted contractors and subcontractors who do over $10,000 in government business in one year are subject to this executive order.

With the new language federal contractors […]

Updates to F-Tags in State Operations Manual

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made revisions to twenty F-Tags in the State Operations Manual (SOM).  The changes reflect the Survey and Certification (S&C) policy memos issued from October 2003 through May 2014.

CMS states it is committed to revising and updating the SOM which includes […]

Auto-enrollment for ACA Consumers Proposed

The Department of Health and Human Services recently proposed a rule whereby those who signed up for insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s State and Federal exchanges would be automatically re-enrolled for coverage in 2015.

Consumer research shows that most individuals won’t take action on their own and would […]

Settlement Conference Facilitation Pilot Announced

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new pilot program that will hopefully alleviate the backlog of Medicare Part B claims that have been appealed to the Administrative Law Judge level.  Settlement Conference Facilitation will be a pilot alternative dispute resolution process by which the […]

DAMAGES: What am I entitled to when injured due to someone’s negligence?

This is a valid question that’s often on the minds of victims dealing with personal injury.  An accident and injury can often be a life-changing event that places a person’s life in turmoil overnight. In Nebraska, the goal of damages is to put the injured person in the same […]

Are You Making Sure Your Electronic Devices Are Secure?

  Do you know where your work laptop is?  Do you get work e-mail on your smartphone?  Are both sufficiently password protected?  What about your business associates?  Do you believe they sufficiently protect all protected health information they have in their possession?  It would probably be a good idea […]

Claims for Unpaid Wages

Under the Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act an employee or former employee cannot bring a claim for unpaid earned wages until 30 days have passed from the missed regularly scheduled payday. If the employee is terminated or quits, her/his earned wages are not due until the next regularly […]

Bill Provides Transition Support for Medicare Patients

Medicare beneficiaries may soon receive enhanced support benefits as they transition from one setting to another.

Titled the Medicare Transitional Care Act, a bill has been recently introduced which would provide appropriate follow-up care during transitions from hospitals to long-term care, home or other settings.  The bill includes a flexible […]