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HHS Finalizes Major Updates to Regulations for Protection of Human Research Subjects

[01/19/17]

Posted on January 19, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Background On January 18, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), through the Office of Human Research and Protection (“OHRP”), issued final regulations (the “Final Rule“) implementing significant changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the “Common Rule”). The Final Rule follows HHS’s September 2015 notice of proposed rulemaking…Read More

OIG Final Rule Significantly Expands Exclusion Authority

[01/19/17]

Posted on January 19, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published the “Health Care Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Revisions to the Office of Inspector General’s Exclusion Authorities” Final Rule (“Final Rule”) revising and expanding its authority to exclude individuals and entities from participation in federal health care programs. The…Read More

CMS Final Rule Establishes Significant Changes to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model

[01/18/17]

Posted on January 18, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On December 20, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a Final Rule that included several changes to the recently implemented Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (“CJR”) program. The CJR Model is a retrospective bundled payment program limited to lower extremity joint replacement (“LEJR”) procedures and is designed to encourage hospitals to…Read More

CMS Issues Final Rule for New Bundled Payment Models

[01/18/17]

Posted on January 18, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Background On December 20, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a final rule (the “Final Rule”)1 creating three new episode payment models (“EPMs”) covering services provided to Medicare beneficiaries admitted to certain Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“IPPS”) hospitals for heart attacks, coronary bypass surgery or surgical treatment of hip or femur…Read More

CMS Finalizes New Conditions of Participation for Home Health: Part 1

[01/17/17]

Posted on January 17, 2017 in Health Law News, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Review of the New Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Condition This is the first article in a series discussing CMS’s 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

Attest to 2016 Medicare Meaningful Use Program Requirements by February 28

[01/17/17]

Posted on January 17, 2017 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services opened the registration and attestation system for the Medicare Meaningful Use Incentive Payment Program for 2016.  Eligible providers participating in the Medicare Meaningful Use Incentive Payment Program must attest to the 2016 Medicare Meaningful Use Program requirements by February 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST in order to…Read More

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

[01/13/17]

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

[01/13/17]

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