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Michigan Senate Committee Recommends Senate Bill Authorizing Dental Therapists

[09/25/17]

Posted on September 25, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On September 20, 2017, the Michigan Senate Committee on Health Policy recommended Senate Bill 541 (2017) (the “Bill”), which would authorize licensure for dental therapists in Michigan. The Bill would allow licensed dental therapists to perform certain dental services under the supervision of a dentist pursuant to a written practice agreement. Specifically, the Bill would…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 22, 2017

[09/22/17]

Posted on September 22, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Prepares for Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal Vote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced this week that he intends to hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill next week. The intended vote would come just days before the September 30 deadline to repeal and replace the ACA through reconciliation, which allows the Senate to pass…Read More

Health Provider News – September 22, 2017

[09/22/17]

Posted on September 22, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL 3 biggest opportunities for ASCs today and 4 healthcare reforms that will affect ASCs most in the future Why blockchain could transform the very nature of EHRs Economists: 3 takeaways from failed insurer mega-mergers Physician practice valuations: 14 things for health system leaders to know Hospitals could save about $10 million a year in…Read More

Tenth Circuit Questions Its Previous Decision Defining “Intervene” in Light of Supreme Court Decision and Further Qualifies Public Disclosure Bar

[09/21/17]

Posted on September 21, 2017 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

The Tenth Circuit’s recent decision in United States ex rel. Little v. Triumph Gear Sys., Inc. refines its definition of “intervene” in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States ex rel. Eisenstein v. City of New York. In doing so, the Tenth Circuit also seems to indicate that the original filing by the…Read More

Final FDA Guidance on Interoperable Medical Devices

[09/20/17]

Posted on September 20, 2017 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

On September 6, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) published final guidance (“Guidance”) summarizing its recommendations for medical devices that are connected to each other and to other technology (“interoperable medical devices”). The Guidance finalizes preliminary guidance from January 2016 and is intended to encourage rapid innovation in the marketplace by allowing effective…Read More

Department of Justice and NPDB Weigh In on Data Bank Reporting Requirement

[09/19/17]

Posted on September 19, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On February 8, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued an order requiring a hospital “to immediately submit to the National Practitioners Data Bank a Void Report” regarding a physician whose clinical privileges were restricted by the hospital’s medical executive committee (“MEC”), which resulted in a report to the National…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 15, 2017

[09/15/17]

Posted on September 15, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Ways and Means Advances Hall Render’s Stark Initiative On September 13, the House Ways & Means Committee advanced three health care bills, including a revised version of the Stark Administrative Simplification Act of 2017 (H.R. 3726). The bipartisan bill, which passed unanimously, is the product of the coalition of hospitals and health systems created by…Read More

Health Provider News – September 15, 2017

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Posted on September 15, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Malpractice fears are the No. 1 cause of overtreatment, physicians say Telehealth May Ease Docs into ACOs, MedPAC Suggests Survey: Few specialty practices prepared for MACRA Physician groups find both good and bad in the details of the proposed fee schedule AHA concerned with physician fee schedule for 2018 Total Cost of Care: Key…Read More

Summary of Senate Bill 17-065, Transparency in Health Care Prices Act

[09/15/17]

Posted on September 15, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On April 6, 2017, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 17-065, which created the Transparency in Health Care Prices Act (“Act”). The legislation passed with bipartisan support from members of the Colorado Legislature. The law will take effect on January 1, 2018, imposing pricing transparency requirements on health care providers and facilities. The Act…Read More

Arbitration Agreement Not Binding on Whistleblower, Says Ninth Circuit

[09/15/17]

Posted on September 15, 2017 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

On Monday, September 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided that a carefully drafted arbitration agreement between an employee and her employer did not cover the employee’s whistleblower action under the Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) or Nevada’s state-law equivalent.[1] The court’s opinion in this case demonstrates that even the strong presumption…Read More