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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – April 21, 2017

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Posted on April 21, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

AHCA Negotiations Continue Ahead of Lawmakers’ Return to Washington In an effort to produce a victory on health care in President Trump’s first 100 days in office, House Republicans renewed discussions this week on the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), the bill designed to repeal and replace much of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Moderate…Read More

Prescriber Enrollment Requirements for Part D Prescriptions: Enforcement to Begin in Early 2017

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Posted on April 19, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it will delay enforcement of its final rule (“Final Rule”) requiring physicians and other prescribing health care clinicians to either enroll in or opt out of Medicare in order for the prescriptions they write to be covered by any Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit plan….Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – April 14, 2017

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Posted on April 14, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Remains Divided on ACA Repeal Bill Although Republican leadership in the House raised the prospect of lawmakers returning early from the current two-week Easter recess to pass the American Health Care Act, it appears Congress will remain out of session until the week of April 24. And, once the House is back in session,…Read More

Stressful or Streamlined? CMS’s New SRDP Disclosure Form Presents New Challenges for Providers

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Posted on April 14, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently updated its Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (“SRDP”) when it posted a new form to be used as part of the SRDP process (“SRDP Form”). According to CMS, the SRDP Form is an attempt to “streamline and simplify” the SRDP process. CMS originally proposed the new SRDP Form…Read More

The 21st Century Cures Act: Tackling Mental Health from the Inside Out

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Posted on April 11, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This is the final article in a series covering the behavioral health sections of the 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cures Act”), which was signed into law on December 13, 2016. The articles in our series are located here.  As with many of the behavioral health sections of the Cures Act, Title XIV also provides for new…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – April 7, 2017

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Posted on April 7, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

AHCA Remains Stalled in House In an effort to breathe life into the stalled American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), Trump administration officials, members of the House Freedom Caucus and House Republican leadership spent the week discussing fixes to the AHCA. The discussions focused largely on allowing states to decide if they want to continue the…Read More

Section 1557 Suit Alleges Health System Failed to Provide Effective Communication

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Posted on April 6, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On March 13, 2017, twelve hearing impaired individuals filed suit in federal district court in Arizona against a large health system (the “System”) alleging discrimination under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. In the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that the System discriminated against them by “refusing to provide effective auxiliary aids and services, despite their…Read More

Seventh Circuit Rules Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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Posted on April 6, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. This contradicts a recent Eleventh Circuit ruling[1]—not to mention longstanding Seventh Circuit precedent—which means that this issue could eventually land before the Supreme Court. Background Title VII is a federal law that…Read More

The 21st Century Cures Act: Title XIII Mental Health Parity – What You Need to Know

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Posted on April 5, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This is the sixth article in a series on the 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cures Act”), which was signed into law on December 13, 2016. We will continue publishing a series of articles summarizing various components under the Cures Act. The articles in our series are located here.  This article highlights the provisions of…Read More

Federal Contractor “Blacklisting” Rules Are Now Dead

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Posted on April 3, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

President Obama’s controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 (aka the “blacklisting” rule) has been eliminated. That means federal contractors will not be required to report labor violations as part of their federal contract bidding process. The related paycheck transparency requirements and prohibition against pre-dispute arbitration clauses related to Title VII claims have…Read More