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Fraudulent Payment Schemes

Targeting Construction and Real Estate Industries It has become commonplace in the real estate and construction industry to make electronic, digital, and wired payments, especially with the very large sums that are often transferred. With paper checks disappearing, cybercriminals are now targeting these industries—victimizing both payors and payees—and causing significant financial tension and reputational ...

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Getting Rid of Drag and Waste

From week to week, we need to work on making our practices better and more effective. It can be hard. It takes a commitment of time and effort, energy, and thought. But what IS easy is making small improvements from week to week that, over the course of say, a month, make a dramatic difference in the efficiency or effectiveness of our practice processes and procedures—by identifying and getting rid of drag ...

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Crypto Investing, NFT Trading, and Online Sports Betting

Behavioral Underpinnings of Greed In this article, the authors discuss the unprecedented growth of cryptocurrency and the accompanying risks and fraud. They ask, Why does a person choose the characteristics of cryptocurrency to be not only a secure medium of exchange, but also one with upward price potential? The recent price drop in the spring of 2022 shows the magnitude of loss of value Bitcoin has suffer ...

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Lost Business Profit Damages Claims

Calculating Lost Revenue Lost profit damages are calculated when a plaintiff’s business alleges that the defendant’s actions impaired its operations in some manner. Determining lost revenues is a critical component in calculating lost profits. Lost profits are based primarily on lost revenues net of the cost associated with generating the lost revenues (saved and/or extra operating expenses can be additiona ...

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The War Against Certification

and Credentialing Organizations The author in this article discusses cases where members of credentialing organizations sue the organization for injunctive relief and monetary damages. He discusses the role of the arbitrator and causes that appear to prompt members to pursue redress through the court once sanctioned. Introduction As I mentioned in my first article for QuickRead, my experience as an Arbitrat ...

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Update on 2023 Proposed Healthcare Payment Rules

Valuation Implications Over the past couple of months, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rules for several of its payment schedules, indicating the state of healthcare reimbursement for the next year. This article briefly summarizes these proposed payment rules and discusses their significance to healthcare valuation professionals. The U.S. government is the larges ...

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Working While “Mom-ing”

Has Work-Life Balance Changed After COVID-19? In this article, the author shares a personal story regarding how the COVID-19 outbreak affected her role as a professional and mother. The story shared is about perseverance and focus, and emerging emotionally stronger as a mother and valuation professional. Like many valuation analysts, I began my career at a CPA firm. Several years into my career, I became a ...

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Legal Update

July 2022 This article focuses on Partner Reinsurance Co. v. RPM Mortgage, Inc., 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94244 (S.D.N.Y. May 25, 2022). This is a case of buyer’s remorse. The target’s financial condition changed dramatically after the LOI and buyer attempted to renegotiate the acquisition terms. This case illustrates how damages were calculated. Buyer’s remorse: everybody’s experienced it at one point or anot ...

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Alternative Ways of Pricing Valuations

And Valuation Consultations Business valuation reports are somewhat of a competitive product. We may not feel that way because of all the effort we put into them, but many clients do not understand the value to them and look at the valuation as a “mechanical” process. Additionally, there are many other valuation preparers that provide valuations at fees substantially below what a valuation professional migh ...

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Understanding Complex Compensation in Marital Divorce

VPS StraightTalk Webinar, June 22, 2022 On June 22, 2022, VPS StraightTalk Webinar held a webinar that featured Marc Bello. This article summarizes the issues presented in the webinar, “Understanding Complex Compensation in Marital Divorce.” “Understanding Complex Compensation in Marital Divorce” by Marc Bello, CPA, ABV, CVA, MST, Partner with Edelstein & Company, LLP, was broadcast by VPS StraightTalk ...

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