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Year: 2015

Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule Receive Harsh Criticism from Industry Stakeholders

[12/22/15]

Posted on December 22, 2015 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Since the September 8, 2015 publication of the notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing several significant changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the “Common Rule”) in the Federal Register, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Human Research Protections (“OHRP”) has received sharp criticism from many... READ MORE

Recent NJ Property Tax Settlement: What It Means for Nonprofit Hospitals…and What It Does Not

[12/21/15]

Posted on December 21, 2015 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

UPDATE – January 19, 2016: Although both houses of the New Jersey legislature passed the measure mentioned in this post, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie subsequently pocket vetoed the measure. Legislators at the state and local levels are reportedly continuing their efforts to craft a legislative solution to clarify hospital property tax exemptions in... READ MORE

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Reminder: New Billing Requirements for Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments Effective January 1, 2016

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Posted on December 21, 2015 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Last year, as part of the CY 2015 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) Final Rule (“Final Rule”), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) finalized a policy implementing new coding and billing requirements related to services furnished in off-campus provider-based departments of hospitals.  These new requirements, which are discussed in more detail below,... READ MORE

Julie Markgraf Joins Hall Render

[12/18/15]

Posted on December 18, 2015 in Firm News

Published by: Hall Render

Hall Render is pleased to announce attorney Julie Markgraf has joined the firm’s Detroit office. Julie counsels clients in numerous aspects of health care law. Her practice includes hospital and health system matters, hospital and physician arrangements and contracting, fraud and abuse, compliance and HIPAA.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University in... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – December 18, 2015

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Posted on December 18, 2015 in Federal Advocacy

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Congress Passes Spending Bill On December 18, the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed the omnibus spending bill.  Prior to midnight on December 15, the House revealed the details of the FY16 omnibus appropriations package, which funds the federal agencies and programs through September 30, 2016.  The White House has indicated it intends to sign... READ MORE

DOJ Settles with Lab that “Fostered a Culture of Non-Compliance and Greed”

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Posted on December 14, 2015 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Executive Summary Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a $256 million settlement with one of the nation’s largest urine drug testing (“UDT”) laboratories (“Lab”).  According to a False Claims Act (“FCA”) complaint in intervention filed by the U.S., from January 1, 2008 through May 20, 2015, the Lab “systematically” billed the federal... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 11, 2015

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Posted on December 11, 2015 in Federal Advocacy

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Hall Render Participates in House-Senate Expert Roundtable on Stark Law Reform On December 10, the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees convened a select group of outside experts for a roundtable discussion on Stark Law reform. Hall Render Shareholder and Health Law Practice Group Leader Gregg Wallander joined former CMS officials, Stark Law regulation... READ MORE

2016 Non-Monetary Compensation to Physicians (And Chance to Review 2015)

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Posted on December 9, 2015 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Executive Summary Under the federal Stark Law, hospitals may provide non-monetary compensation to physicians up to an aggregate amount of $392 for calendar year 2016, remaining the same from the previous calendar year.  The dollar limit for 2016 “medical staff incidental benefits” (e.g., meals, parking and other items or incidental services that are used... READ MORE

Medicare Part D Fraud and Specialty Drugs Highlighted in OIG’s 2016 Work Plan

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Posted on December 9, 2015 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Executive Summary Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2016 (“Plan”).  The Plan provides insight into OIG’s potential audit and enforcement activities for the next fiscal year.  While the Plan addresses several different provider types, this article addresses the Plan’s initiatives... READ MORE

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This Week in Washington – December 4, 2015

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Posted on December 4, 2015 in Federal Advocacy

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Senate Approves ACA Repeal On December 3, the Senate approved a bill (H.R. 3762) that repeals major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) by a vote of 52-47. The Senate used a budget rule known as reconciliation to pass the bill without the usual 60-vote threshold. The bill would repeal the ACA’s Medicaid... READ MORE