Tax Attorney Richard Lehman publishes article series on Technology & the Tax Practitioner

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Richard Sam Lehman, tax video on IRS Streamlined Compliance on YouTube

Richard S. Lehman, U.S. Tax Attorney

Richard S. Lehman, U.S. Tax Attorney

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Website, Richard S. Lehman, Tax Attorney in Boca Raton, FL

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Incorporating technology into a tax law practice can make it more efficient and increase client satisfaction, explains Florida tax lawyer Richard Lehman.

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Incorporating technology into a law practice can make the practice more efficient and increase client satisfaction. In fact, technology may enable the practitioner to exceed client expectations.”

— Richard Sam Lehman, Tax Lawyer in Florida

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In this first article in a series, Richard S. Lehman focuses on Tax Case Management by software and other technologies. The complete articles will be published on the blog of Richard Lehman at https://richardlehmanblog.blogspot.com/ and in The Lehman Tax Law Library https://thelehmantaxlawlibrary.com/

Tax-related technologies are advancing, and the tax law practitioner must keep up with these technological and societal changes. Many of us still remember when they first saw a personal computer, when cell phones became widely available, and when cell phones turned into smart phones that have become indispensable for many.

Incorporating technology into a tax law practice can make the practice more efficient and increase client satisfaction. In fact, technology may enable the practitioner to exceed client expectations. Here are a few, simple-to-implement options.

Case Management Software

Long gone are the days of paper routing slips, desktop inboxes and consecutive reviews by paralegals and attorneys during which papers and files are shuffled back and forth. With case management software, incoming documents are reviewed in a pre-determined sequence or as authorized, and files or documents are updated the same way. The staff has real-time access to documents and status reports. Important dates are automatically entered into a calendar. Case Management Software also enables legal teams to focus on a pre-set process, thus saving time and energy, and greatly reducing the stress in this deadline-driven profession. Case Management Software can also greatly reduce costs for the law practice and the clients by standardizing and accelerating document creation and maintenance.

There are many different kinds of Case Management Software, some general ones such as:

https://www.capterra.com
https://www.clio.com
https://www.mycase.com
https://www.trialworks.com
https://www.cosmolex.com

And some are specifically tailored to the tax law practice, such as:

Law Practice Management Software for Tax Law Attorneys –
https://www.practicepanther.com/law-practice-management-software-for-tax-law-attorneys/

In fact, at this link you find a review of 23 different software programs for Tax Law Case Management: https://www.capterra.com/tax-practice-management-software/

These are just a few examples, and should not be considered endorsements of any of these products. Each law practice should make sure to test them carefully before buying, and take advantage of the free test versions or consultations that many software providers offer as part of their sales process. Find the right software to fit your own needs and your client’s expectations

Research and Mobile Technology

Subscription research services such as LEXIS and Westlaw have been available to attorneys online for decades, gradually rendering hard copy law libraries obsolete. The internet has done for law what it has for every other area of modern life, providing instant access to information.

Also here, there are specialized software packages specifically for the tax law practice, such as the ones offered by Thomson Reuters, see https://tax.thomsonreuters.com/en

To be continued. – The complete article will be published on the blog of Richard Sam Lehman at https://richardlehmanblog.blogspot.com/

*NOTE: The inclusion of a technology or app in this article does not mean an endorsement or approval. The listed technologies are just for illustrative purposes. None of these particular technologies are endorsed or recommended by this author.

About Richard Sam Lehman

Richard S. Lehman has established a sophisticated private practice focusing on tax law. His background, education, and experience has distinguished him in this complex field. A published author and noted speaker, Mr. Lehman has carved a reputation as a powerful client advocate.

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An Unforgettable Evening at Palazzo Parisio in Malta to Mark the New Generation of Cryptocurrency

G8C Ltd Management at a Japanese themed VIP party

GanaEight Coin Ltd Management at a Japanese themed VIP party

Juliet Adelstein, COO

Juliet Adelstein, COO of GanaEight Coin Ltd.

The G8C token brings with it an entirely new approach to online casinos. It represents an inventive merging of blockchain technology with online gaming.

GanaEight Coin LTD subsidiary of Ganapati PLC (LSE:GANP:PZ)

VALLETTA, MALTA, November 1, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Ganapati Group, known in the online casino industry for its distinctive Japanese-themed slot games, held an exclusive event on October 30th to officially announce the launch of the G8C token, to be issued by subsidiary, GanaEight Coin Limited. The launch was strategically planned to coincide with Malta Blockchain Week, kicking off the week of blockchain-related conferences and events in style.

The party took place at the spectacular Grade 1 listed palace, Palazzo Parisio, in Naxxar, and was attended by a whole host of top names in blockchain, iGaming and tech from all over the world. Not only that, but key members of the Maltese government were in attendance, including Kurt Farrugia, the Head of Communications of the Government of Malta.

The Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, also previously declared his full support for the Ganapati Group’s blockchain-based initiative, recognising the launch of the G8C token as a significant step towards Malta becoming a world leader in technical innovation. Muscat went so far as to record a special video message, which was broadcast at the party, expressing this sentiment to the 300-odd guests in attendance.

The G8C token brings with it an entirely new approach to online casinos. It represents an inventive merging of blockchain technology with online gaming – the token is not only a digital currency to be used on online casinos, but is designed to be bet directly on its own original blockchain platform.

The token offers a number of standout features, a particularly noteworthy one being the lack of transaction fees required to bet with it, enabling quick and cheap play. The G8C token describes itself as a new form of stablecoin – it will hold a stable value, therefore providing investors with lower risk and greater reassurance. This marks a first for the iGaming industry, as no other online casino ICOs are offered as such.

The token’s launch saw an unforgettable evening at Palazzo Parisio, with highlights including the various types of Japanese sake on offer and the delicious sushi prepared and served by an authentic sushi chef from Japan. In continuation of the prevailing Japanese theme, one of the most remarkable moments of the night was the mesmerising performance from a real-life geisha, flown in from Kyoto, Japan. The geisha and accompanying Japanese musicians, playing traditional Japanese instruments such as the shamisen (a three-stringed guitar-like instrument), put on a spellbinding show which transported party guests to olden-day Japan.

The tempo was raised at the masquerade afterparty, held at the elegant TwentyTwo in Portomaso, which saw the fun continue well into the early hours.

With such a memorable Japanese theme running through the launch party, it is not surprising that the event attracted significant attention from both industry VIPs and national media alike, well and truly putting the Ganapati Group and G8C on the map. The success of the launch and the guests’ obvious interest in G8C has left a distinct air of excitement about what is to come next from the Ganapati Group.

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Eight Intermountain Healthcare Hospitals Receive HealthInsight Quality Awards

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Eight Intermountain Healthcare hospitals received the HealthInsight Hospital Quality Award which recognizes hospitals for quality of care and patient safety.

The eight Utah Intermountain hospitals that received the HealthInsight Quality awards for excellent performance on publicly reported quality of care measures include:

• Intermountain Bear River Valley Hospital
• Intermountain Delta Community Hospital
• Intermountain Fillmore Community Hospital
• Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital
• Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital
• Intermountain Sevier Valley Hospital
• The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH)
• Intermountain Utah Valley Hospital

Eligibility for the award is based on a composite ranking of performance on quality measures reported on Medicare's Hospital Compare website. Hospitals that rank in the top 25th percentile for the composite score are eligible for the award. These factors also help consumers decide how well providers care for their patients.

"[We're] excited to recognize the performance of these hospitals," says Juliana Preston, HealthInsight Utah executive director. "The awards celebrate the commitment of hospital leaders and staff to improving patient safety, patient experience, and quality of care. This achievement requires dedication to quality and constant concern for the people cared for in these hospitals."

Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based not-for-profit system of 23 hospitals, 170 clinics, a Medical Group with about 2,300 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health plans group called SelectHealth, and other medical services. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through high quality and sustainable costs. For more information about Intermountain, visit www.intermountainhealthcare.org.

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Intermountain Healthcare
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American Fidelity Named One of the Best Workplaces for Women Nationwide

Jeanette Rice

American Fidelity President and COO Jeanette Rice

Nancee Roberson-Caldwell and Latondra Tillson

Chief Sales Officer Nancee Roberson-Caldwell Takes Customer Calls and Learns from Call Center Colleague Latondra Tillman

Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have named American Fidelity one of the country’s Best Workplaces for Women.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, US, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have named American Fidelity one of the country’s Best Workplaces for Women.

American Fidelity has a long history of empowering women and being a great place to work for all. Currently women make up more than half of the Company’s Colleagues, 52 percent of all officers and 53 percent of the executive team, including our president and COO Jeanette Rice. Rice received a Great Place to Work® For All™ Leadership Award earlier this year for her role in creating a high-trust culture that values every Colleague. That culture has helped American Fidelity consistently make national best place to work lists.

“It is such an honor to be named as a Best Workplace for Women. We strive to be an employer of choice for all and work to develop the full potential of our people regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or age,” said Rice.

Great Place to Work considered more than 540,000 employee surveys from hundreds of businesses in all sectors of the economy. The survey measures employee satisfaction with their organizations’ culture, leadership, fairness and other elements essential for a great workplace. Rankings are based on employees’ feedback and reward companies who best include all employees, and where women have equally great experiences as employees of other genders, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization.

“This year, we pledged to close the employee experience gender gap by 2020, and these winning organizations are leading the way in achieving this mission, proving that all companies, regardless of their industry, size or complexity, can be great workplaces for women,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “Empowering women in the workplace isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s a business imperative. Organizations can create their own equitable cultures by learning from the companies on this list, who get women’s buy-in of the mission and inspire them to innovate, driving the entire company forward.”

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American Fidelity Assurance Company is a supplemental benefits provider serving more than 1 million Customers across 49 states with a focus on offering a different opinion for Customers in the education, public sector, auto retail and healthcare industries. More information can be found at americanfidelity.com.

American Fidelity has earned an “A+” (Superior) from the A.M. Best Company since 1982. One of the nation’s leading insurance company rating services, A.M. Best conducts a strict review process for financial stability every year.

American Fidelity has been recognized as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune Magazine 11 times.

The Company was also selected for several other lists by Fortune, including: Best Workplaces for Millennials, Best Workplaces in Finance and Insurance, Best Companies for Giving Back, Best Workplaces for Women, Best Workplaces for Diversity and the Human Capital 30: Companies that Put Employees Front and Center.

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VegaWallet Continues To Grow. VGW Token Sale Extended on LAToken's Platform.

VegaWallet , The complete cryptocurrency platform

VegaWallet Continues To Obtain Exchange Listings and Partnerships. The VGW Token has recently been listed for sale on LAToken's ICO Platform. Sale Ends 12/06/18

VegaWallet (LA:VGW)

VegaWallet continues to make great strides and acquire new partnerships and team members. Early Adopters can expect the VGW token on your favorite exchanges starting December 10th!”

— Jacob Ballou : Co-Founder of VegaWallet

VALLETTA, VALLETTA, MALTA, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — VegaWallet ‘’The complete cryptocurrency platform’’ has announced that it will allow businesses to incorporate cryptocurrency payments on a large scale. This service also extends to mobile payment technology as well. This does not stop the businesses from receiving traditional credit cards and cash payments, as VegaWallet will be announcing partnership with a traditional credit payment processor to provide stores with state of the art payment terminals. VegaWallet focuses on bridging the gap between customers who are willing to pay in cryptocurrency and businesses who may not be there yet.

The VegaWallet Exchange and Mobile Application are nearing public release and all private beta testing has been successful. Companies reporting the inclusion of crypto payments have seen a rise in customer acquisition and revenue when marketed properly.

The platform is built around VegaWallet's "VGW" Token (The VegaWallet Token), which will provide many use cases through-out every facet of the system. Some use cases involve free instant transfers, discounted trades on the VegaWallet Exchange, and a Rewards and Loyalty Program included in their Point of Sale.

The VGW Token public sale was recently executed starting on September 17th, 2018 with a scheduled end date of November 16th, 2018. VegaWallet has recently teamed up with LAToken to provide another secure way for early adopters to purchase their token. The token sale has now been extended another 20 days and will last until December 6th, 2018.

LATOKEN is a rapidly growing crypto exchange focusing on liquidity for new tokens:
● $30m+ daily turnover
● More than 80,000 registered traders
● 180+ crypto pairs available for trading

VegaWallet's listing on LAToken marks the third external exchange acquired. The VGW Token will also be listed on https://Crex24.com and https://GetBTC.org

All of the exchanges the VGW Token will be listed on are included in CoinMarketCap's list of top 100 exchanges worldwide and high token liquidity is expected. The VGW token will also act as a main trading pair on VegaWallet's native exchange and provide 50% off trading discounts.

VGW Deposits start on December 10th, with Trading Commencing on December 12th, 2018

If you are interested in purchasing the VGW Token on LAToken's platform please follow the link here: https://bit.ly/2RimBaf

If you would like to know more about VegaWallet and Register for the Public Sale on our website please go to: https://VegaWallet.com

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Be Part of the Next Game Changing Company in Social Media

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The world is on the precipice of a game-changing shift that could revolutionize the world of social media marketing as we know it.

Here at Spotlight Media Group, we are about to change how businesses and individuals use social media.

It is an industry worth more than 40 Billion dollars and we are about to disrupt it.

What’s the most important thing on Social Media?

It is traffic! Think followers, likes, tweets and retweets. We believe we have built a platform that not only allows you to manage your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, G+ and Pinterest accounts quickly and effectively, all in one place, but generates organic, targeted and FREE traffic to your website, with each and every click. This puts you, your brand or company right in front of potential clients and customers.

There are 30 million small businesses in the US alone. Unlike large companies who have deep pockets for expensive social media campaigns, they just cannot compete.

That is, until now.

Every individual and company, in any industry or sector can use our Social Compass platform to manage their social
media in-house without having to pay huge amounts of cash to outside agencies.

Social Compass has been described as ‘the future of social media management’ and we believe that it has the potential to fundamentally change how businesses market and sell their products online.

And we want you to share in our success

We are seeking a small capital raise under crowd funding rule 506(c) to help promote this great technology. Apart from being part of the next potential billion dollar company, we are also offering our investors a year’s FREE subscription (potentially worth thousands) to our Social Compass platform so they can experience for themselves just how awesome it is.

You can access our incredible business plan securely and confidentially here.

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U-Are Technologies Research Brief: Artificial Intelligence in Health Care.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Scientists and researchers all over the world are very excited about advancements in innovation that have arisen from an innate desire to create newer and better technologies that facilitate mankind to extend beyond its own physical constraints. The promise of AI, once purely science fiction, promises much. Since its inception, AI has been deployed for highly selective defence or space exploration applications wherein its success has evolved around risk mitigation.

Many industries are about to be disrupted by this evolving technology. At U-Are Technologies, we are highlighting how AI can be applied to the healthcare industry through AI-based systems that allow for better diagnosis, cure and treatment of debilitating conditions.

Scope of AI in medicine

Increased integration of intelligent AI tools (along with AR and VR) in everyday medical applications could improve the
efficiency of treatments and avoid costs by minimising the risks of false diagnosis, facilitate more targeted pre-operative planning, and reduce the risk of intra-operative complications.

The recent usage of AI in performing sophisticated tasks and computations has gradually led it to be introduced as a key component of MRI and computed tomography systems (CAT Scans). The added advantage of these systems is in the ability to effectively acquire information, and sync with established decision support databases such as those containing patent history. Further, AI has begun transforming the field of surgical robotics where it has enabled the advent of robots that perform semi-automated surgical tasks with increasing efficiency. As the technology matures, it is over coming one of the key challenges faced in robotics which is mimicking human body motion. In addition, recent advances in the field of AI such as neural networking, natural language processing, image recognition, and speech recognition / synthesis research, has started to spur creativity. Pairing this technology with Augmented Reality, the future of robotics within the medical sphere looks very bright indeed.

Smart AI apps are beginning to be used today in clinical practice for automation of routine tasks and for other functions listed below:

Alerts and reminders are most general forms of AI integration: The machine scans a patient’s lab results, drug orders, and updates the patient with an appropriate reminder. Advanced AI programs can be directly interfaced with a patient monitor and used for detecting changes in a patient’s condition.
Diagnostic Help.

Therapy fore-planning: Specific conditions that require elaborate treatment plans could benefit from AI tools during therapy planning. By incorporating an AI system that can automatically formulate plans based on specific conditions would add certain value to the physicians as well as patients.
Information Retrieval: AI software search apps can be created that constantly search the web for new knowledge or data that adds to diagnosis. All information is upgraded automatically here.
Image Interpretation: Multiple medical images can be instantaneously identified, from plane X-rays through to highly complex images like angiograms, CT, and MRI scans. Such systems for image recognition and interpretation have increasingly been adopted for clinical use, for example in detection of cancer or other abnormalities.

Insights on current systems using AI

Agilent Technologies (Andover, Massachusetts) has developed a smart ECG device that estimates the probability of acute
cardiac ischemia/ACI. This ACI time-insensitive predictive instrument holds good promise in increasing the accuracy of diagnosing ACI.

Intelligent Medical Imaging, Inc. (Florida) has designed the Micro21 microscopy workstation that successfully integrates neural network technology into blood analysis to identify and display white blood cells as well as red blood cells.

ATL Ultrasound, Inc. (Seattle-based firm) has developed a range of diagnostic ultrasound systems for imaging and monitoring cardiac tissue structures and activity. This system utilises an adaptive intelligence algorithm to scrutinise tissues by optimising millions of parameters during a patient examination, thereby eliminating irrelevant frequencies in returned signals.

Neuromedical Systems, Inc. (New Jersey) uses an application of neural networks to scan Pap smears and identify cells for review during cancer screening.

Apps like Babylon in the UK use AI to give medical consultation based on personal medical history and common medical knowledge. Users report their symptoms into the app, which uses speech recognition to compare against a database of illnesses. Babylon then offers a recommended action, taking into account the user’s medical history.

The startup Sense.ly has developed Molly, a digital nurse to help people monitor patient’s condition and follow up with treatments, between doctor visits. The program uses machine learning to support patients, specialising in chronic illnesses.

Developing pharmaceuticals through clinical trials can take more than a decade and cost billions of dollars. Making this process faster and cheaper could change the world. Amidst the recent Ebola virus scare, a program powered by AI was used to scan existing medicines that could be redesigned to fight the disease.

The program found two medications that may reduce Ebola infectivity in one day, when analysis of this type generally takes months or years – a difference that could mean saving thousands of lives.

Some of the key influencing factors like maturity attained by the AI systems, user acceptance, and glitches in
communications along with technical infrastructure continue to stand as barriers to the commercialisation opportunities that currently exist for AI. However, given that ongoing innovations in this domain are moving so fast from academia and theory into reality are proof of the growing momentum in this field.

Call for collaboration:

At U-Are Technologies, We are in the business finding and applying future technologies to real world problems through immersive, visually rich solutions that engage users and drive customer satisfaction. We have recently introduced an incubation service for new and emerging technologies within AI, AR and VR. If you have an idea or technology that requires development, marketing and investment then do get in touch.

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Clay Clark, Acclaimed Business Consultant, Explains Why the Sear’s Bankruptcy was Inevitable

“Passionately and persistently trying to sell consumers things they do not want is the key to systematic failure,” explains Clark.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Clay Clark, founder of Thrive15 and creator of the “Thrivetime Show – Business School Without the BS,” a podcast with over half a million monthly downloads, states that the bankruptcy of Sear’s, a company that has been in business for over 125 years, was inevitable.

“Passionately and persistently trying to sell consumers things they do not want is the key to systematic failure,” explains Clark. A man of many talents, Clark has been called the “Jim Carey of Entrepreneurship.” In recent years, he has also worked as a business growth consultant, educator, and entertainer of choice for countless clients.

Sears Holdings, which owns the Sears and Kmart department stores, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy October 14th as a final effort to save two dying retail concepts. At the time the company said it was closing 142 stores nationwide — including 16 in California. The company has since filed legal notices with the state reporting 1,211 layoffs at 15 stores in California by year’s end. It hopes it can stay open during the holiday season as it seeks to reorganize, but these events have been a long time coming.

Clark believes that it can all be traced back to financial planner Eddie Lampert’s poor business decisions. In 2003, Lampert bought the bonds of the failing discount retailer Kmart and converted those bonds into a controlling position in Kmart’s equity, merging Kmart with Sears, who back then was a conservatively run but still thriving nationwide retailer. However, he decided not to invest the capital needed to refurbish the Sears and Kmart stores to keep their inventory and appearance fresh. Instead, he made a huge gamble to invest in Sears’s website and online shopping. He was too early, and the Sears customer base never cottoned to shopping online, instead moving to more popular websites such as Amazon over the following years.

“I hope that this can serve as a wake-up call for any small-business owners out there who find themselves attempting to sell ice to Eskimos,” concludes Clark.

Those interested in hearing more about Clay Clark can follow The Thrivetime Show – “Business School without the BS” with Clark and his co-host: optometrist turned business tycoon Doctor Robert Zoellner. The award-winning team has been featured on Forbes, Fast Company, Bloomberg, and Pando Daily. Currently, the podcast has over 1,300 episodes, and has featured Emmy Award-Winners, New York Times best-selling authors, NFL Players, and NBA Players.

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Impact Investor S CAP Adds Three General Partners to Enhance New Food & Beverage Fund

NY-based venture capital firm to leverage extensive CPG experience and marketing expertise of new General Partners to bridge pioneer gap for F&B entrepreneurs

Our F&B fund is designed to address an investment opportunity to bridge the pioneer gap at just the point where the potential for scaling a brand exists. ”

— Kunal Sethi

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — S CAP today announced three new general partners to its F&B fund: CPG veterans Jim Cali and Andrew Towle, and WiT Media founder and president Clint White. All three partners are expected to bring extensive operational experience and capabilities to help entrepreneurs scale and grow their companies.

“Our F&B fund is designed to address an investment opportunity to bridge the pioneer gap at just the point where the potential for scaling a brand exists,” says Kunal Sethi, S CAP Managing Partner. “The addition of Jim, Clint, and Andrew to the team emphasizes our hands-on investment approach at S CAP. Jim and Andrew bring 65 years of deep operational experience in food & beverage with a particular focus on brand building, innovation, customer development, and product supply. Clint brings us best-in-class expertise in media strategy, performance marketing, consumer research, and data analytics. We expect a close collaboration with our entrepreneurs, developing trust, and nurturing authentic long-term investment relationships that reach beyond periodic ‘check & inspects.’”

Jim Cali joins S CAP after a 34-year record of success in general management, sales and marketing, innovation, and organization development in companies such as Warner- Lambert/Pfizer, Cadbury, Kraft/Mondelez and Kellogg’s. During this time, he led business turn-arounds, created new brands, and launched businesses into new markets. He has deep strategic and operational experience in snack categories, having led Cadbury’s $5B gum and candy category where he also served on the chief executive committee. Most recently he led the global category team for Kellogg’s $5.5 B snacking business. He has a proven track record in the innovation space as both practitioner and leader.

Andrew Towle has spent his professional life creating value for some of the world’s best-known CPG companies, including Procter & Gamble, Heinz, Georgia-Pacific, and Kellogg. As the Global Marketing Officer for Heinz, he rebuilt innovation, led the development of marketing capability, and pioneered strategies for global health and wellness and infant nutrition. As Managing Director for Kellogg’s in Australia/New Zealand, Towle led efforts to rebuild the business with a focus on nutrition, innovation, and cost control. Returning to the U.S. in 2016, Towle became the CEO of the private equity-owned Urnex Brands, where he relaunched the company's strategy and built core capabilities, including marketing, innovation, and supply chain. Urnex was successfully sold in June 2017.

Recognized as a Crain’s New York Business Top Entrepreneur, Clint White has over 25 years of experience maximizing audience reach and content impact for startups and established organizations across a variety of sectors. As Founder and President of WiT Media, he has led campaign strategy and execution teams for multiple dynamic brands and socially impactful non-profits, including HavenLife, Jet.com, Rainforest Alliance, and Teladoc. Clint is also an advisor and angel investor in the culture, debt collection, fintech, marketplace, media, personal services, SaS, and travel sectors.

Core areas of interest for the S CAP F&B fund are disruptive Snacking, Functional Beverages, Technology-Enabled Food Experiences, and Nutritious Meal Enhancements. To learn more about S CAP, visit www.scap.nyc.

About S CAP

S CAP is an impact investor, investing and partnering with disruptive Food & Beverage and Clean Tech companies. Our vision is to bridge the pioneer gap by investing that leads to sustainability for entrepreneurs and higher ROI for our limited partners. We accelerate businesses that are positively impacting our world.

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OCR Announces Next Round of HIPAA Audits Will Focus on Enforcements

Office for Civil Rights Director announces intention to use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable

The next round of examinations will be focused on enforcement and the upcoming audits will use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable.”

— Roger Severino Director, Office for Civil Rights

SANTA MONICA, CA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In 2011, The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) began auditing healthcare providers and business associates to determine overall compliance with HIPAA’s privacy and security laws. At a recent HIPAA security conference, OCR Director Roger Severino announced that the next round of examinations will be focused on enforcement and the upcoming audits will use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable.

Enforcement for noncompliant offenders may include subpoenas, legal action, reimbursements to victims, penalties, and more. Additionally, Bloomberg Law recently reported that OCR has been ratcheting up enforcement actions over the past three years, and as random HIPAA audits occur, increased penalties will most likely result.

Jeff Broudy, CEO of PCIHIPAA states, "Overall we see less than 20% of all practices and business associates have implemented the safeguards required under HIPAA. In preparation for the next wave of HIPAA audits, we are providing all healthcare providers and their business associates complimentary risk assessments and reviews so they clearly understand what is required, and to help identify the right actions to take in case of an audit."

Under the HIPAA Notification Rule, covered entities that experience a HIPAA data breach must self-report the breach to HHS. Some practices aren’t aware of the rules, so audits will help with compliance and overall enforcement. Penalties are no longer immaterial. Average fines range from $100 to $50,000 per HIPAA violation, and are capped at $1.5 million per year.

HIPAA compliance must be addressed continuously. It’s not a checkbox or a “one and done” process. Also, the same HIPAA safeguards required by a hospital or a health plan also apply to dentists, doctors, and their business associates. Anthem’s recent $16 million dollar HIPAA fine, and Mr. Severino’s position above, should be a warning to all healthcare providers and business associates.

OCR’s recent audit results show a lack of compliance throughout the industry. Recurring non-compliance issues include:

¥ Lack of execution of Business Associate Agreements
¥ No HIPAA security risk assessment on file
¥ A failure to manage identified risks
¥ Lack of transmission security
¥ Lack of appropriate internal auditing
¥ No patching of software
¥ Insider threats
¥ Improper disposal of Protected Health Information (PHI); and
¥ Insufficient data backup and contingency planning

Common risk mitigation and corrective action plans that covered entities and business associates may be required to incorporate for compliance include:

¥ Updating risk analysis and risk management plans
¥ Updating policies and procedures
¥ Training of workforce members
¥ Implementing specific technical or other safeguards
¥ Mitigating common risks like utilizing encryption solutions
¥ Improved employee and system monitoring

Broudy adds, "HIPAA requires documented remediation plans. We find this important, yet cumbersome for many dentists and doctors. Often they don’t have the resources that hospitals and larger entities possess. Not only does PCIHIPAA provide a compliance roadmap for healthcare providers, but we also include $500,000 in cyber insurance for all of our clients. HIPAA audits, ransomware attacks, data breaches, and network security incidents happen. We guarantee our clients are covered, just in case."

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About Office for Civil Rights:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces federal civil rights laws, conscience and religious freedom laws, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, and the Patient Safety Act and Rule, which together protect your fundamental rights of nondiscrimination, conscience, religious freedom, and health information privacy.

About PCIHIPAA:
PCIHIPAA is an industry leader in PCI and HIPAA compliance by providing turnkey, convenient solutions for its clients. Its OfficeSafe Compliance Program is “award winning” and takes the guesswork out of compliance while providing the assurance and insurance healthcare providers need to protect their future. PCIHIPAA was recently voted one of the Top 10 Healthcare Compliance Company’s of 2017. Learn more at OfficeSafe.com and PCIHIPAA.com

Aaron Chiang
PCIHIPAA
+1 800-588-0254
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Source: EIN Presswire