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

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Posted on September 22, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Prepares for Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal Vote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced this week that he intends to hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill next week. The intended vote would come just days before the September 30 deadline to repeal and replace the ACA through reconciliation, which allows the Senate to... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 15, 2017

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Posted on September 15, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Ways and Means Advances Hall Render’s Stark Initiative On September 13, the House Ways & Means Committee advanced three health care bills, including a revised version of the Stark Administrative Simplification Act of 2017 (H.R. 3726). The bipartisan bill, which passed unanimously, is the product of the coalition of hospitals and health systems created... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 8, 2017

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Posted on September 8, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Returns for Fall Work Period Congress returned to Washington this week after their longest break of the calendar year. The Senate reengaged on the issue of ACA repeal and began hearings on a legislative package to stabilize the ACA marketplace. On September 6-7, the Senate HELP Committee held hearings with state insurance commissioners... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – August 4, 2017

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Posted on August 4, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

CMS Issues 2018 Hospital Payment Rule On August 2, CMS announced the fiscal year (“FY”) 2018 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital (“LTCH”) Prospective Payment System final rule, which will provide acute care hospitals with a total increase in Medicare spending on inpatient hospital payments of $2.4 billion in FY 2018.... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 21, 2017

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Posted on July 21, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Plans Scrambled on Health Reform Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) once again delayed proceedings on Republican plans for health care reform. While McConnell is still considering whether to hold a vote on a bill to repeal and replace the ACA or a repeal-only measure, Republicans remain at odds over Medicaid, overall coverage... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 14, 2017

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Posted on July 14, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Stark Reform Legislation Introduced and Advanced in the House On July 10, Reps. Marchant (R-TX) and Ron Kind (D-WI) reintroduced the Stark Administrative Simplification Act (H.R. 3173).  The bipartisan legislation would limit the penalties for technical violations of the Stark Law and create an expedited process for their resolution. The measure was introduced as... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 30, 2017

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Posted on June 30, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Delays Vote on BCRA On June 27, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate would delay voting on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”). The Senate was scheduled to vote Wednesday on a motion to proceed with debate on its version of legislation to repeal a significant portion of the Affordable Care... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 23, 2017

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Posted on June 23, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Releases Draft ACA Repeal and Replace Bill On June 22, the Senate released its version of legislation that would repeal and replace significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The 142-page discussion draft, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”), is the first legislative text released by Senate leadership to repeal the... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – June 16, 2017

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Posted on June 16, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate GOP Still Without AHCA Legislative Text As the countdown to the July 4 recess continues, Republicans in the Senate continue to seek consensus within their party on health care reform legislation. However, as of this writing, rank-and-file Republicans still haven’t seen legislative text on their body’s version of the American Health Care Act... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 9, 2017

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Posted on June 9, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

ACA Repeal Update Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reiterated this week his desire to release the Senate’s version of the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) by the end of June and have a vote before the July 4 recess. However, meeting the ambitious July 4 deadline would require the Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”)... READ MORE