New York Public Health and Health Planning Council Makes Ambulatory Care Recommendations

January 9, 2014

At a meeting on January 7, 2014, the Public Health and Health Planning Council (“PHHPC”) made a number of recommendations to the Department of Health (“DOH”) relating to the oversight of the following facilities providing ambulatory care: (1) Retail Clinics; (2) Urgent Care Centers; (3) Hospital-Sponsored Off-Campus Emergency Departments; and (4) Office Based Surgery facilities. …

Permanence? – Estate Tax Changes in the Air

January 8, 2014

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 set the Federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping base tax exclusion “permanently” at $5,000,000 and indexed it for inflation. It is now $5,250,000. It is scheduled to rise to $5,340,000 in 2014. The Federal estate tax rate on amounts in excess of the exemption is now 40%. The word …

New Law Regulates Compounded Drugs and Establishes FDA Authority to Develop National Pharmaceutical Track-and-Trace System

December 23, 2013

On November 27, 2013, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act (the “Act”).  prepared in response to the 2012 New England Compounding Center meningitis outbreak, which killed sixty four (64) people, the Act modifies the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the “FD&C Act”) to grant the U.S. …

Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 Becomes Law

December 20, 2013

The Non-profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “Act”) was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on December 18, 2013. Most of the Act’s provisions will become effective on July 1, 2014. This first major reform of New York’s charities laws in more than 40 years modernizes state laws and improves the governance and oversight of …

Year End Planning

December 19, 2013

As the end of the year approaches, it’s a good time to take stock and consider if your estate plan reflects your current financial and family situation and if any updates are in order.  Changes in your life may require state plan changes.  Sale of a business, marriage of children, birth of grandchildren, divorce, death, …