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Health Provider News – March 22, 2019

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Posted on March 22, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL How Haven’s hires hint at the healthcare organization’s larger ambitions Medicaid work requirements could cost hospitals $3.7B Outpatient joint replacements at ASCs cost 40% less than hospital-based surgery: 3 study details Apple’s groundbreaking heart study signals a new era of medicine, and doctors are debating the results What’s to keep Amazon from competing in…Read More

Claims of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in Employment Not Subject to Arbitration – At Least in One Case

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Posted on March 18, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The #MeToo Movement Focuses Attention on Mandatory Arbitration Agreements The #MeToo movement brought attention to the use of private arbitration for claims of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace because employers benefit from the sometimes reduced costs of arbitration by not having to air those disputes in public and before juries of their…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – March 15, 2019

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Posted on March 15, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Presidential Budget for 2020 Proposes Major Health Care Cuts President Trump released his administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget this week. While this proposal stands little chance of being implemented in its entirety, it is a good indicator of where the administration’s priorities stand for the next year, and some of the provisions, especially those related…Read More

Health Provider News – March 15, 2019

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Posted on March 15, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Judy Faulkner asked the press to dig into physician burnout and EHR satisfaction. So we did Nearly all hospital leaders say supply chain optimization improves margins, survey shows Amazon to close pop-ups as its healthcare venture site debuts Report: FDA hiding millions of adverse event reports from docs, public Critical condition: The crisis of…Read More

CMS Ends Freeze on Nursing Home Five-Star Rating System

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Posted on March 13, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 5, 2019, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group released a memorandum titled “April 2019 Improvements to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Rating System” (“Memorandum”). In the Memorandum, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the end of the freeze on health inspection star ratings and added quality measure…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – March 8, 2019

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Posted on March 8, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Tackles Health-Related Issues in Multiple Hearings This Week Congress looked at many health policy issues in a week jam-packed with hearings. Continuing Congress’s probe into drug pricing, the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing on promoting competition to lower Medicare prescription drug costs. While lawmakers questioned whether the drug industry is…Read More

Health Provider News – March 8, 2019

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Posted on March 8, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL How 6 major health systems and hospitals hope to boost housing Medicare trims payments to 800 hospitals, citing patient safety incidents CHIME to Congress: HIPAA isn’t enough to ensure cybersecurity Breast cancer screening bundled payment model incentivizes cost savings Value-based care shift among highlights of MGMA 19 financial conference Freestanding EDs charge up to…Read More

EEO-1 Filing Update – We Have to Provide Pay Data Now???

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Posted on March 8, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The controversial Obama-era EEO-1 pay data disclosure requirements that had been indefinitely stayed by the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) were reinstated earlier this week by a federal district court judge. This unhappy news for employers arrives less than three months before the May 31, 2019 EEO-1 filing deadline. The case was…Read More

CMS Revises Guidance on Immediate Jeopardy and Creates New Surveyor Tools – Actions Needed to Prevent and Defend Skilled Nursing Immediate Jeopardy Citations

[03/07/19]

Posted on March 7, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 5, 2019, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group released a memorandum titled “Revisions to Appendix Q, Guidance on Immediate Jeopardy” (“Memorandum”). The Memorandum’s revisions create a “Core Appendix Q” that will be used by surveyors of all provider and supplier types in determining when to cite immediate jeopardy. The…Read More

Thousands of Foreign Nationals May Lose Employment Authorization with the Proposed Rule to End the H-4 EAD Program Moving Forward

[03/06/19]

Posted on March 6, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

If the Trump administration moves forward with a plan to revoke work authorization for certain H-4 visa holders, over 100,000 foreign nationals could lose their ability to work in the United States. Overview The H-4 nonimmigrant visa allows spouses and unmarried children (under 21 years of age) of H-1B visa holders to join them in…Read More