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Year: 2018

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – January 19, 2018

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Posted on January 19, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Federal Government Shutdown Looms as Deadline Nears On January 18, the House passed a four-week continuing resolution (“CR”) that would fund the federal government through February 16. While a vote in the Senate is expected on Friday or sometime over the weekend, the bill’s chances of passing the upper chamber remain uncertain as of... READ MORE

Health Provider News – January 19, 2018

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Posted on January 19, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Worldwide ambulance market to reach $48.9B by 2025 MedPAC votes to nix MIPS CMS proposes expanding MRI coverage for patients with implantable cardiac devices Exploring the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model Amazon is hiring a health privacy expert for ‘new initiative’ CMS releases guidance for Medicaid work requirements: 5 things to... READ MORE

OIG Approves Gainsharing Arrangement for Surgical Procedures

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Posted on January 18, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued Advisory Opinion 17-09, which approved an arrangement between a hospital and physician group in which neurosurgeons and the hospital implemented a cost-savings program where the hospital agreed to share a percentage of its cost savings resulting from the program (“Proposed... READ MORE

Provider-Based Mid-Build Exception Starts to Pay Off for Hospitals

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Posted on January 15, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

CMS recently released a series of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) on its website providing some much needed guidance to hospitals. Among other things, CMS will allow hospitals that submitted attestations and mid-build certifications last February to get full payment under the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) for dates of service on or after January... READ MORE

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FCC Considering Overhaul to Funding for Health Care Broadband and Telecommunications Programs

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Posted on January 15, 2018 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

Annually, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) provides $400 million in funding to health care providers who serve rural populations through its Rural Health Care Program (“RHC Program”). The RHC Program is aimed at improving and reducing the cost of communications services that are used in providing health care services to residents of the rural... READ MORE

Government Traps, Zaps and Zingers

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Posted on January 15, 2018 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

In an opinion loaded with linguistic hooks, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently reinforced the Supreme Court’s holding in Escobar, enthusiastically highlighting the importance of materiality and scienter in FCA cases. Background In U.S. ex rel. Ruckh v. Salus Rehabilitation, LLC, et al., Relators were successful in a... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – January 12, 2018

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Posted on January 12, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL 4 Physician Compensation Factors to Watch Divided on health care, Congress backs medical research CMS opens data submission site for 2017 MACRA reporting CMS: Medicare adds 124 ACOs for 2018 10 of the most interesting healthcare transactions of 2017 AMA: Physicians generate $2.3T in economic activity 2018 Trends: Micro-Hospitals to Gain Popularity Hospitals... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – January 12, 2018

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Posted on January 12, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

CMS Allows States to Establish Medicaid Work Requirements On January 11, CMS issued new guidance that will allow states to establish work requirements for certain Medicaid recipients for the first time in the program’s history. Through a letter to State Medicaid Directors, CMS outlined criteria for the types of employment proposals targeting able-bodied, working-age... READ MORE

Hooray for Hollywood. . . Employers, Take Note

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Posted on January 12, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Fresh off the 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards, which took place on January 7, mainstream and social media alike are abuzz with Oprah Winfrey’s historic acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Winfrey, the first black woman to receive the prestigious award, brought the crowd to its feet on several occasions during her emotional acceptance... READ MORE

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