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Section 1557: Federal Court Issues Nationwide Injunction Against HHS Sex Discrimination Rules

[01/16/17]

Posted on January 16, 2017 in Health Law News, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On December 31, 2016, a federal district court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction to prevent HHS from enforcing those few portions of the regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) that interpret the prohibition against “sex” discrimination to include discrimination on the basis of “gender identity” and “termination of pregnancy.” Background…Read More

Michigan Midwifery License Legislation Signed into Law

[01/16/17]

Posted on January 16, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 3, 2017, Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bill 4598 (“HB 4598”) into law. HB 4598 adds Part 171 (Midwifery) to the Public Health Code and provides new licensure requirements for the practice of midwifery in Michigan. Effective immediately, the bill establishes midwife licensure and scope of practice requirements, including: Prohibiting an individual from…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – January 13, 2017

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Posted on January 13, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Completes First Step in ACA Repeal Process After a week of debate and over 100 proposed amendments in the Senate, the fiscal year 2017 budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 3) advanced to the House of Representatives on January 13, where it passed along party lines by a vote of 227 to 198. The budget…Read More

Three Supply Chain Strategies to Impact the Bottom Line

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Posted on January 13, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The supply chain continues to be the second largest and fastest growing expense for health care systems, second only to labor costs, making this an area of untapped cost savings opportunity and an area ripe for leveraging supply chain as a strategic driver of savings. Because the procurement of goods and services impacts nearly every…Read More

FDA Releases Final Post-Market Guidance on Medical Device Cybersecurity

[01/11/17]

Posted on January 11, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On December 27, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued final guidance (the “Post-Market Guidance”) outlining steps that medical device manufacturers and health care systems should take to monitor, identify, understand and address cybersecurity risks once medical devices and mobile medical devices have entered the marketplace. The Post-Market Guidance follows October 2014 FDA guidance…Read More

After More Than Two Years, CMS Releases Final Home Health CoPs

[01/10/17]

Posted on January 10, 2017 in Health Law News, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

This time things are really going to change. On January 9, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a pre-publication copy of the Final Revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (“Final CoPs”). With the release of the Final CoPs, CMS is finalizing, with only a few changes, the significant changes they proposed to make…Read More

Permitted Financial Arrangements Between Participant Hospitals and Physician Group Practices Under the New Cardiac-Related Episode Payment Models

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Posted on January 10, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Pursuant to its recently issued final rule (“Rule”), CMS is implementing two cardiac-related episode payment models (“EPMs”). One of the EPMs pertains to episodes of care surrounding an acute myocardial infarction (“AMI EPM”); the other EPM pertains to episodes of care surrounding a coronary artery bypass graft (“CABG EPM”). Generally, participation in the AMI and…Read More

OIG Report on Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals Signals the Potential for Increased Scrutiny

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Posted on January 9, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On December 23, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released a report (the “Report”) detailing a case review of inpatient rehabilitation (“rehab”) hospitals.1 The Report indicates that for 39 out of 426 rehab hospital stays reviewed, the patient was unable to participate in and benefit significantly from intensive…Read More

Hall Render’s Health Law Year in Review: Here’s What Happened in 2016 as We Launch into 2017

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Posted on January 9, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

As the health care industry and the related body of health law shift like tectonic plates, Hall Render attorneys are committed to providing practical counsel and insight to health care providers. Below is a compilation of key developments from 2016 that will continue to impact the health care industry in 2017. As the new year…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – January 6, 2017

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Posted on January 6, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Takes First Step Towards ACA Repeal On January 4, the U.S. Senate took the first step towards repeal of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The Senate voted 51-48 to advance a fiscal 2017 budget resolution (S. Con Res 3) that allows Congress to use the parliamentary procedure known as budget reconciliation to repeal parts…Read More