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Hall Render AHLA Briefing on Compliance Program Effectiveness

[06/22/17]

Posted on June 22, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In case you missed it, on June 16, the American Health Lawyers Association released a comprehensive member briefing entitled “The OIG’s Resource Guide: An Important New Tool for Measuring Compliance Program Effectiveness”[1] (Compliance Program Briefing). The Compliance Program Briefing was authored by four Hall Render attorneys. A copy of the Compliance Program Briefing can... READ MORE

Implementing Tailored Supply Chain Strategies to Jump Start Supply Chain Cost Savings

[06/22/17]

Posted on June 22, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Health system supply chain departments (and increasingly more C-suite leaders) appreciate the potential savings that standardization and centralization can generate for their organization given that 30 to 50 percent of their budget is associated with supply chain costs. However, implementing strategies and procedures, or even knowing where to start in order to generate these savings,... READ MORE

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New Indiana Law Imposes a Seven-Day Limit on Opioid Prescriptions

[06/21/17]

Posted on June 21, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

CDC’s opioid prescribing guidelines prompt states to adopt quantity limits Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb recently signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 226 (SEA 226), which places limits on the opioid quantities that may be prescribed by state-licensed practitioners beginning July 1, 2017. Prescribing caps on opioids have gained increasing popularity following the March 2016... READ MORE

Companion Legislation Repealing Moratorium on Physician-Owned Hospitals Introduced in Senate

[06/21/17]

Posted on June 21, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On May 17, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) introduced companion legislation (S. 1133) to the House bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) moratorium on physician-owned hospitals. Named the Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2017, the bill is the Senate’s version of legislation (H.R. 1156) previously introduced in the... READ MORE

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2017 Group Scoring Under MIPS: Who’s In, Who’s Out?

[06/13/17]

Posted on June 13, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Physician groups composed of MIPS eligible clinicians (“MECs”[1]) may elect to have their members’ MIPS performance scored individually or as a group. This article notes a few key aspects of MIPS group scoring for 2017. MIPS Group Scoring Includes Performance Data from New Medicare-Enrolled MECs For the 2017 MIPS performance period, a new Medicare-enrolled... READ MORE

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care: Reimbursement Considerations and Tips

[06/09/17]

Posted on June 9, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

While many providers recognize there are benefits to integrating behavioral health and primary care, reimbursement for services continue to be one of the most challenging barriers to achieving integration. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law in December 2016 are efforts made... READ MORE

Michigan Supreme Court Ruling Makes It More Difficult for Medical Providers to Collect from Insurers

[06/08/17]

Posted on June 8, 2017 in Health Law News, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On May 25, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court dealt another blow to medical providers seeking payment for services provided to individuals injured in car accidents in Michigan. In the opinion, the court held that a medical provider does not have standing to bring a claim against a no-fault insurer for the payment of personal... READ MORE

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SCOTUS Clarifies Status of Retirement Plans Maintained by Church-Affiliated Hospitals

[06/06/17]

Posted on June 6, 2017 in Health Law News, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) ruled on Monday, June 5, 2017 that retirement plans maintained by religiously affiliated hospitals meet the definition of a church plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”). As church plans, they are not subject to ERISA’s rules and regulations unless... READ MORE

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Calls for a Second Wind to Third Party Premium Payments with Changing Circumstances in Health Care

[06/05/17]

Posted on June 5, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On May 31, 2017, 184 legislators wrote a bipartisan letter to Secretary Tom Price of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to request that HHS revisit and roll back a 2013 policy memo that discourages insurance companies selling Qualified Health Plans on the exchanges from accepting payments from hospitals and other third... READ MORE

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Sixth Circuit Agrees with NLRB that Employment Arbitration Clause Prohibiting Class Action Arbitrations Is Unenforceable

[06/02/17]

Posted on June 2, 2017 in Health Law News, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On May 26, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision (NLRB v AEI) holding that an employment agreement provision requiring arbitration of employment disputes, but prohibiting class action or other multiple-employee arbitrations, is unlawful. The court upheld a National Labor Relations Board order striking down the provision. Employees were... READ MORE

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