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CMS Releases FFY 2020 Preliminary Public Use File and Wage Index Development Timetable

[05/25/18]

Posted on May 25, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On May 18, 2018, CMS released the preliminary FY 2020 Worksheet S-3, Parts II and III wage index Public Use File (“PUF”). The PUF contains wage data based on FFY 2016 hospital cost reports; that is, cost reports with fiscal year begin dates of on or after October 1, 2015 and on or before September 30, 2016.  The FFY 2016 wage…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – May 25, 2018

[05/25/18]

Posted on May 25, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate, House Health Committees Examine GME Program On May 22, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee held a hearing on the graduate medical education (“GME”) program. Republican members raised concerns over the current GME program, alleging there are inequities in the distribution of residency slots and asking whether training should be based…Read More

Health Provider News – May 25, 2018

[05/25/18]

Posted on May 25, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Hospitals Are All Over Facebook, But What Are They Posting About? Early 340B hospitals gave more uncompensated care than later participants With shortage looming, primary care doctors’ salaries rise CMS to consolidate Medicare quality reporting programs Kaiser, BCBS of North Carolina enlist in 40+-member Health Care Transformation Task Force More doctors become hospital employees,…Read More

SCOTUS Enforces Arbitration Agreements: Class and Collective Action Waivers

[05/24/18]

Posted on May 24, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In a 5 to 4 opinion split down ideological lines, the Supreme Court ruled that class and collective action waivers contained in employment arbitration agreements do not violate the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) and must be enforced. This is music to the ears of all employers, especially those that have been the target of…Read More

CMS Announces New Opioid Safety Measures for Part D Plan Sponsors: What Is Really Going On?

[05/23/18]

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently finalized several new policies aimed at preventing and combating prescription opioid misuse by Medicare Part D beneficiaries. The policies, detailed in CMS’s 2019 Final Call Letter (“Call Letter”)[1] and outlined below, require Part D plan sponsors to implement various safety measures to reduce opioid overuse among Medicare…Read More

Michigan Hospitals and Employers May Now Face Discrimination Complaints Based on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

[05/22/18]

Posted on May 22, 2018 in Health Law News, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission says it will now act on complaints made by patients, employees and others in Michigan who believe they were discriminated against on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. The Commission voted on Monday to consider such discrimination as a form of discrimination prohibited by the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – May 18, 2018

[05/18/18]

Posted on May 18, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Senate HELP Committee Takes Another Look at 340B The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held its second hearing on the 340B program. Representatives from two major government watchdogs, the Government Accountability Office and the HHS Office of the Inspector General, testified at the hearing. The testimony focused on oversight reports related to the…Read More

Health Provider News – May 18, 2018

[05/18/18]

Posted on May 18, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL States Ease More Restrictions To Physician Assistants As Team Care Takes Hold Amazon’s Alexa Healthcare Team Bones Up on HIPAA Compliance GAO: Patient access to medical records remains a challenge Alexa Could Soon Become Your In-House Doctor According to Amazon Internal Document CMS Launches Rural Health Strategy with Telehealth Aims Seema Verma gives update…Read More

Volunteers Are Really Volunteers!

[05/17/18]

Posted on May 17, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that volunteers, who do not expect compensation, are not employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). In the past, the Sixth Circuit has declined to employ such a bright line test. In Acosta v. Cathedral Buffet, Inc., a church based…Read More

Ripping the Veil Off the Government’s Qui Tam Investigations

[05/16/18]

Posted on May 16, 2018 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

On May 10, 2018, United States Senior District Judge for the Central District of Illinois, Joe Billy McDade, issued an order that should form the template for all courts asked to keep the government’s False Claims Act (“FCA”) extension motions under seal.¹ Far too often, courts simply grant the government’s ex parte motions without considering…Read More