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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

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – January 5, 2018

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Posted on January 5, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Returns to Crowded 2018 Legislative Calendar The Senate returned to Washington this week to begin the second session of the 115th Congress. The House returns Monday of next week, which gives Congress eight legislative days to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2018. Prior to departing for 2017, Congress passed a temporary... 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

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

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Posted on December 15, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

House and Senate Republicans Reach Deal on Tax Reform On December 13, House and Senate Republicans announced they’ve reached an agreement on how to reconcile the differences between their respective tax reform bills. Although text of the legislation has not been released, reports indicate the final version will repeal the ACA’s individual mandate and... READ MORE

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

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Posted on December 8, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Current Tax Reform Proposals Have Significant Implications for Health Care Industry As House and Senate conferees began working to reconcile the differences between the tax bills passed by their respective bodies, the health care industry waits to see what’s included in the final product. After failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 1, 2017

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Posted on December 1, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

GOP Tax Bill Moves Forward with Individual Mandate Repeal On November 29, the Senate voted to begin debate on the GOP tax reform bill that includes repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate. Currently, at least two of the three Senate Republicans who blocked the ACA repeal and replace legislation earlier this year, Sens. John... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 17, 2017

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Posted on November 17, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Bill Introduced to Prevent 340B Cuts On November 14, a bipartisan bill was introduced to prevent CMS from implementing the $1.6 billion cut to the 340B drug discount program. The legislation, introduced by Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), pushes HHS to maintain the current 340B discount rate of Average Sales Price... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 10, 2017

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Posted on November 10, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

House Advances Tax Reform Legislation On November 9, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced legislation that would overhaul the nation’s tax code for the first time since 1986. The next day, the Senate Finance Committee released its tax reform proposal, which Chairman Orin Hatch (R-UT) said would be advanced by the committee next... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 3, 2017

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Posted on November 3, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

CMS Drastically Cuts 340B Payments in 2018 OPPS/ASC Final Rule On November 1, CMS released the final rule updating the hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) rates by 1.35 percent in CY 2018 compared to 2017. This is down from 1.75 percent in the proposed rule. In addition, CMS removed total knee replacements from... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – October 27, 2017

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Posted on October 27, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Hatch-Brady Proposal Introduced as Alternative Market Stabilization Plan On October 24, Senate Finance chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) proposed a bicameral agreement for ACA market stabilization. Similar to the Senate HELP Committee proposal released last week, Hatch-Brady includes two years of funding for the ACA’s cost-sharing... READ MORE