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On July 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") issued a proposed rule addressing potential modifications to the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program ("Proposed Rule").1 The Proposed Rule, if implemented as currently drafted, would eliminate the Pain Management dimension from the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing ("VBP") Program's...
Hall Render is pleased to announce attorney Benjamin Waters has joined the firm's Philadelphia office.
Mr. Waters provides regulatory and compliance advice to a broad range of health care clients with regard to various matters, including False Claims Act/qui tam cases, corporate compliance, fraud and abuse/Stark analysis, self-disclosure protocol submissions,...
The Hall Render Blog brings together information on a wide variety of health care topics, including long-term care, labor and employment, litigation and health information technology.
On July 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") issued a proposed rule addressing potential modifications to the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program ("Proposed Rule").1 The Proposed Rule, if implemented as currently drafted, would eliminate the Pain Management dimension from the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing ("VBP") Program's Hospital...
The Long-Term Care Blog focuses on Medicare, Medicaid and health care reform. In addition to sharing relevant news, it also addresses common questions surrounding compliance, provider specifications and the overall impact of health care reform.
On June 3, 2016, CMS released a memorandum that answered questions regarding the agency's criteria for selection of enforcement remedies for long-term care facilities with deficiencies. The document reported data on enforcement actions taken by the agency when a nursing home is not in compliance with the Medicare and...
The Health Information Technology Blog focuses on topics such as data privacy and security, EHRs, HITECH and mobile devices.
On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 ("DTSA")1 into law. The DTSA's stated purpose is to bring trade secrets disputes into the federal courts, changing the system under which trade secret law was governed mostly by state law. As part of...
The HR Insights for Health Care Blog focuses on a wide range of current labor and employment topics of interest to the Human Resources professional.
As previously discussed here, the EEOC recently proposed collecting salary information and hours worked data as part of the Employer Information Report ("EEO-1"). Following a comment period, the EEOC issued on July 14, 2016 an amended Equal Pay Data Rule proposal. The EEOC specified the W-2 box to...
The False Claims Act Blog provides monthly reviews of FCA court decisions, articles related to the FCA and announcements of recent case successes.
The Litigation Analysis Blog provides in-depth assessments of the outcomes of current cases across the nation.
On June 23, 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in a 5-2 opinion that the City of Milwaukee can no longer enforce a requirement that police, firefighters, teachers and other public workers maintain bona fide residence within the city boundaries. The ruling reverses the state appeals court's decision that...
The Federal Advocacy Blog provides frequent updates on federal health policy developments and a weekly summary of health care-related legislative and regulatory activity in Washington, D.C.
Senate Committee Urged to Reform Stark Law
On July 12, the Senate Finance Committee heard from hospital stakeholders on various options to reform the Stark Law. Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said he would like to undo what he sees as the law's "outdated regulations." Hatch also stated he would like...
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