• March 2017 CMM Newsletter: Ethical Issues in Insurance Coverage, Medical Billing Updates, Golfer Liability and More

     

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    Friday, March 31st, 2017

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  • Is It Time to Take the Keys?

    We’ve all been behind someone on the road, wondering if the driver can even see over the steering wheel.  But just because someone has gotten older (and shorter) does not necessarily mean that he or she no longer has the ability to drive.  However, at some point, that time may come.  It often comes when you begin to realize that your own aging mother or father is no longer safe to be behind the steering wheel. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA) website (seniordriving.aaa.com), with the exception of drivers under 25, seniors are at a higher risk of having a ...

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    Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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  • Is Your Insurance Company Really on Your Side? Be Sure.

        Liability insurance policies provide both indemnification and defense coverage to insureds when they are sued for injuries and/or damages. Insurance policies also contain various exclusions, or exceptions, from insurance coverage. After an insured notifies its insurance company of a lawsuit brought against it, the insurance company investigates the claim and the coverage provided to the insured under the terms of the applicable insurance policy. The insurance company then determines whether the suit is covered, not covered, or possibly covered under the terms of the policy. If the lawsuit is covered by an insurance policy, and litigation defense coverage is provided for ...

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    Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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  • When in Doubt, Yell “Fore!”

        It is officially spring and that means that golf season is here. For golfers, there are few things better than their first time back on a golf course after the snow melts and the weather gets warm. The last thing you are thinking about as you are breathing in the fresh spring air and teeing up for the first time this season is “what is my liability if this tee shot ends up hitting someone?” Nevertheless, while it is something seldom thought about, every golfer should be aware of their liability as they head out to the golf course. The best piece ...

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    Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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  • Roadmap to a Valuable Teaming Agreement, Part 2

    The focus of this article is the enforce-ability of Teaming Agreements. To recap, teaming arrangements (memorialized in a Teaming Agreement) are organized so that one company is the prime contractor and one or more other companies are subcontractors.  The prime contractor generally interfaces with the government.  The prime contractor agrees that if awarded the government contract, it will use the subcontractor’s goods or services.  Conversely, the subcontractor agrees that it will provide the goods and services at the cost proposed in the bid. Consider a situation in which your company has teamed with another company to bid on a government contract.  Together, ...

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    Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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  • Providers, Take Note: Cigna Increases Its Recovery Efforts

    Long Island medical providers have learned that Cigna is once again striving to “recover” payments made to them. Cigna’s investigation focuses primarily on out-of-network providers, since it believes that its contract language with self-funded ERISA plans entitles it to recover payments made for out-of-network services. Cigna employs a classic flanking maneuver to box in the targeted providers.  It begins by sending letters to its members who have received services at out-of-network providers. The letter asks about services provided, the dates such services were provided, and whether the member paid any co-pay or co-insurance payment to the provider. Cigna’s target is providers who ...

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    Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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  • Unauthorized Overtime: If They Worked It, You Must Pay It, Expert Says

        by Carrie Mason-Draffen (carrie.mason-draffen@newsday.com) DEAR CARRIE: I read with great interest your recent column that talked about the “suffer-to-work” concept and how hourly employees have to be paid for all hours worked, even if the extra time was unnecessary and unapproved. The idea doesn’t seem fair. What if your company handbook states that management has to approve extra hours ahead of time, yet an employee works overtime without that approval? And when those unapproved hours result in overtime pay because the employee winds up working more than 40 hours a week, it can be detrimental to a small business. If the ...

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    Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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  • East End Arts Adds One to Board

          Movers & Shakers Scott Middleton, a founding partner and trial attorney at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick in Ronkonkoma, was elected to the board of directors of Riverhead-based East End Arts.   http://libn.com/moversandshakers/2017/03/16/east-end-arts-adds-one-to-board/

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    Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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  • Who’s Who in Labor Law: Donald J. Rassiger

          Donald J. Rassiger, Esq. Counsel Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP Donald J. Rassiger is counsel at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP where he handles a wide range of labor and employment matters, with a particular focus on the construction industry.  Chair of the Construction practice group, Rassiger has significant experience in the corporate safety and risk management arenas and works with clients on incident investigation and reporting, policy and procedure, and OSHA compliance.  His strong labor and employment background enables him to counsel clients across a wide range of industries and sizes. Having served as Chief Legal Officer of four companies and created the ...

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    Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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  • CMM Prevails Before World Intellectual Property Organization

    CMM’s Intellectual Property team, led by Eryn Truong, scored a win for our client in a matter before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency and the global forum for IP services. CMM opposed a challenge to our client’s use of a web address by the website’s former owner. The WIPO panel found that we established that there was compelling evidence that the former owner had abandoned its trademark rights and that our client had not acted in bad faith in using the address. This victory was great news for our client, for whom use of the ...

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    Tuesday, March 07th, 2017

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