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OCR Settlement Announced for Hybrid Entity HIPAA Breach

[12/05/16]

Posted on December 5, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) reported its thirteenth settlement for 2016 related to a malware infection at a workstation that infiltrated the entire system of a covered entity that had elected to be a hybrid entity. The incident resulted in the impermissible disclosure…Read More

OCR Settlement Announced for Hybrid Entity HIPAA Breach

[12/05/16]

Posted on December 5, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) reported its thirteenth settlement for 2016 related to a malware infection at a workstation that infiltrated the entire system of a covered entity that had elected to be a hybrid entity. The incident resulted in the impermissible disclosure…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 2, 2016

[12/02/16]

Posted on December 2, 2016 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Trump Nominates HHS Secretary and CMS Administrator On November 29, President-elect Donald Trump announced his choice to lead the top federal health care agencies.  Trump nominated Rep. Tom Price, MD, (R-GA) to head HHS and health care consultant Seema Verma as the next CMS Administrator.  Dr. Price currently serves as the House Budget Committee Chairman…Read More

Payments in Lieu of Taxes: Five Things Providers Should Know

[12/01/16]

Posted on December 1, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In recent years, increasing numbers of municipalities have asked health care entities that might otherwise be exempt from property taxes to enter into payment in lieu of taxes agreements (“PILOTs”). While most prevalent in the Northeast Region of the country, PILOTs are expanding in popularity nationwide as municipalities seek to expand their budgets by taxing…Read More

2017 Non-Monetary Compensation to Physicians (And Chance to Review 2016)

[11/30/16]

Posted on November 30, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Under the federal Stark Law, hospitals may provide non-monetary compensation to physicians up to an aggregate amount of $398 for calendar year 2017. The dollar limit for “medical staff incidental benefits” (e.g., meals, parking and other items or incidental services that are used on the hospital’s campus) is less than $33 per occurrence. Other requirements of the…Read More

Efforts to Enhance Prescription Drug Pricing Transparency Gaining Traction: Implications for Pharmacy Stakeholders

[11/30/16]

Posted on November 30, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Driven in part by retroactive fees imposed upon pharmacies by pharmacy benefit managers (“PBMs”) and compounded by recent high profile cases of significant price increases for relatively common drugs,1 both retail and institutional pharmacies have continued to push for enhanced prescription drug pricing transparency. Recent state and federal legislation, as well as lawsuits filed by coalitions of…Read More

Escobar, Back at the First Circuit

[11/23/16]

Posted on November 23, 2016 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

Yesterday, the First Circuit Court of Appeals issued a new opinion in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar.  Applying the materiality test enunciated by the Supreme Court in June, the First Circuit reaffirmed its previous decision that the whistleblowers’ complaint sufficiently stated a claim under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) to…Read More

Texas Court Issues Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Against Expansion of Overtime

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Posted on November 23, 2016 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

DOL’s Final Rule Blocked On November 22, 2016, a federal district judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) from implementing and enforcing its final rule establishing new salary thresholds for millions of traditionally exempt white collar employees.  As we reported in July, that new rule, which was…Read More

EEOC Updates Guidance Regarding National Origin Discrimination

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Posted on November 22, 2016 in HR Insights for Health Care

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On November 21, the EEOC announced the release of its updated Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination (“Guidance”), representing the first official guidance on this topic in 14 years. The new Guidance replaces the EEOC Compliance Manual, Volume II, Section 13: National Origin Discrimination, previously published in 2002. The Guidance may be accessed here. The EEOC…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 18, 2016

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Posted on November 18, 2016 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Returns to Washington The House and Senate returned this week to begin the “lame duck” portion of the congressional calendar. The session is expected to run through December 9 at which point lawmakers will adjourn the 114th Congress. The only must-do item on the Congressional agenda is funding the federal government, which expires December…Read More