Ben Sheppard

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Fun Facts

Favorite place in the world:

Florence, Italy

Favorite music/band/singer:

80s music

Favorite movie or book of all time:

Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy

One word that best describes me:

Respect

When I’m not working, you’ll catch me doing this:

Hiking or Golfing

    CMS Guidance on Reopening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent, Non-COVID-19 Healthcare

    The State of California aims to move into Stage 2 of the state’s reopening plan by the end of this week (May 8), allowing the return of retail, manufacturing and other “low-risk businesses.” New physical distancing measures should be followed and implemented in order for these businesses to reopen. Additionally, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued updated guidance for healthcare providers previously restricted from providing non-essential healthcare to reopen and […]

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      CDC Issues Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Workplaces, Businesses and Other Public Spaces

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) released guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes. Each entity should consider the CDC’s guidance in preparation for re-opening business in California and across the country, which is summarized as follows: Evaluate the workplace to determine what kinds of surfaces and materials are present;Determine which surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water and/or normal routine […]

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        Updates from HRSA on the Use of Supplemental Funding Awarded to Support Health Centers

        Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently issued clarification on how fund are to be used from Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020 (COVID-19 H8C) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES H8D). Background As noted in GHJ’s earlier blogs, on March 24, 2020, HSRA announced the relates of $100 million in fiscal year 2020 funding provided by COVID-19 H8C. On April 8, 2020, HRSA announced the release of more than $1.3 […]

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          HRSA Announces Program to Reimburse Healthcare Providers for Uninsured Patients

          On Monday, April 27, the Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) released guidance on how healthcare providers can be reimbursed for their expenses related to the COVID-related treatment of uninsured individuals. This is based on earlier appropriations from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act. What is Included Eligible claims include certain testing and treatment for COVID-19 services performed on or after Feb. 4, including: Specimen collection, […]

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            COVID-19 Supplemental Funding to FQHCs

            Recently, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) received two sets of supplemental funding released by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: $1.32 billion in CARES Supplemental Funding (H8D), appropriated through the CARES Act of 2020, and;$100 million in COVID-19 Supplemental Funding (H8C), appropriated through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020. The supplemental funding was distributed […]

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              Insurance Recovery in the Time of COVID-19

              In addition to the Paycheck Protection Program and other provisions of the CARES Act, many companies can potentially look to their commercial insurance policies for recovery from the damaging impacts of COVID-19. Business Interruption Insurance is often the first place a company looks to in times like these for recovery. However, as Business Interruption Coverage typically is triggered by some form of first-party property damage, a company may not be covered under that policy for losses related […]

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                HHS Announces Program to Distribute First $30 Billion of Appropriated Funds to Healthcare Providers

                On Friday April 10, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) began funding the first $30 billion of its $100 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, as authorized by the CARES Act. In terms of what entities will receive this initial funding, HHS has determined that all facilities and providers who received Medicare Fee-For-Service (“FFS”) reimbursements in 2019 will be eligible to receive a pro rata share of the $30 billion allocation. In an effort to […]

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                  Establishing a Clean Audit Trail to Support PPP Loan Forgiveness

                  According to Section 1106 of the CARES Act, a portion of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans can be forgiven on a tax-free basis based on the extent of certain covered expenses (i.e., payroll, rent obligations, utility payments and mortgage interest) incurred during the eight-week period following funding of the PPP loan. Amounts forgiven may not exceed the principal amount of the loan. Amounts forgiven will be lowered for: A proportional reduction in employees retained during this […]

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                    Tales from the Damages Expert: Is the Case Over After Liability Is Stipulated?

                    Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) assists attorneys, including outside/inside counsel, business leaders and business owners, with a wide range of litigation support services. The firm provides financial insight and clarity during all stages of a business dispute, from pre-litigation services case development and discovery to expert witness testimony and conflict resolution. The below case study takes an in-depth look at recent work with a client going through litigation and highlights the need for […]

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                      Changes Ahead in the Film Industry

                      On July 26, 2018, Green Hasson Janks’ (GHJ’s) Motion Picture and Television Participations Services team hosted the second edition of its 2018-2019 Happy Hour series, with the goal of connecting Entertainment Industry professionals with one another in a casual setting. During this event, Ben Sheppard, GHJ principal, held a Q&A session with Tom Ara, partner at Greenberg Traurig, who has deep experience with the Chinese film industry as well as independent films. Tom also serves as the chief […]

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                        The Role of Litigation in Today’s Entertainment Landscape

                        excerpt from our 2017 Entertainment Whitepaper: The Evolution of Profit Participations / Navigating Disruption in the Motion Picture and Television Industry Jennifer Sullivan, Senior Marketing Manager at Green Hasson Janks sits down with Ben Sheppard to discuss the role of litigation in today's Entertainment Landscape. SULLIVAN: What does the term “expert witness” mean for the entertainment sector? SHEPPARD: The expert witness concept is about bringing actual industry experience and knowledge […]

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                          How Businesses Can Recover From Hurricane Harvey

                          As a Houston native, the recent tragedies brought on by Hurricane Harvey are very personal to me. While I think about the devastation my friends and family are going through in Southeast Texas, I am aware that an important part of the healing process is recovery. Once everyone is safe they will need to get back to work, if at all possible. Companies, as well as individuals, will move into the recovery phase. With all of this on my mind, it seemed like the right time to share critical […]

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