Articles and Blogs

Year: 2017

Federal Judge Denies Hospitals’ Motion to Enjoin Imminent 340B Program Payment Cuts

[12/30/17]

Posted on December 30, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On December 29, 2017, a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia DENIED a motion to enjoin significant Medicare payment cuts for certain hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program (“340B Program”) that are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2018. As a result, the Medicare... READ MORE

CMS Clarifies that Texting PHI Through Secure Platforms Is Permissible – But Not Orders!

[12/29/17]

Posted on December 29, 2017 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

In a December 28, 2017, a memo (“Memo”) to state survey agency directors, CMS made clear that texting patient information is allowed as long as a secure texting platform is used, recognizing the importance of texting as an “essential and valuable means of communication among the team members” caring for patients. Providers must comply with... READ MORE

Health Provider News – December 29, 2017

[12/29/17]

Posted on December 29, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Kmart to pay $32.3M to settle health care-related whistleblower case Indian Health Service Seeking Input on Modernizing its Health IT Systems Reintroduced bill could give data brokers more options under HIPAA Medicare Penalizes Group Of 751 Hospitals For Patient Injuries New laws increase access to healthcare delivery for advanced practice registered nurses 92... READ MORE

Tax Reform Act Will Present Challenges and Opportunities for Hospitals and Other Tax-Exempt Health Care Organizations

[12/28/17]

Posted on December 28, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The new Tax Reform Act (the “Act”) contains numerous changes to the Internal Revenue Code that will affect tax-exempt hospitals and other health care organizations. Leaders of these organizations should begin 2018 by giving careful attention to the new restrictions and planning opportunities to avoid adverse consequences later. Repeal of Individual Mandate Beginning in... READ MORE

CMS Prohibition on Texting? Evaluating Next Steps for Your Organization

[12/28/17]

Posted on December 28, 2017 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

For an update to this article, please click here. As stated in our previous blog, while there has been no official guidance from CMS regarding a broad prohibition on the texting of protected health information (“PHI”), there has been significant discussion in industry circles about CMS’s recently stated position against texting PHI. As reported in... READ MORE

The National Labor Relations Board Concludes 2017 with Several Gifts to Employers

[12/26/17]

Posted on December 26, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) recently shifted to a Republican majority when President Trump’s two nominations to the Board were confirmed. Additionally, the president’s nomination for general counsel of the NLRB, a former management-side labor law attorney, was sworn in on November 17, 2017. The new Board has hit the ground running and has... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 22, 2017

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Posted on December 22, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown After passing the most significant tax reform legislation since 1986, Republicans in Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown on December 22 by passing legislation that temporarily funds the government through January 19, 2018. The House voted 231-88 to approve the short-term spending bill, and the Senate quickly... READ MORE

Health Provider News – December 22, 2017

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Posted on December 22, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Physician job growth varies greatly by region, report finds HHS OIG Report Cites Concerns with MACRA Implementation 4 healthcare revenue cycle trends to watch in 2018 OCR revamps HIPAA guidance in wake of opioid crisis, 21st Century Cures rules Physician pay increased in 2017 as demand grew, according to study 2017: A Look... READ MORE