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OIG Rescission of 2006 Advisory Opinion: An Important Compliance Reminder

[12/11/17]

Posted on December 11, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 28, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) rescinded Advisory Opinion 06-04, which had been issued in 2006 to Caring Voice Coalition (“Requestor”), a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organization. Requestor operated a patient assistance program (“PAP”) that provided financially needy Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare premium and cost-sharing assistance….Read More

Tax-Exempt Organizations on the Tax Bill Chopping Block

[12/08/17]

Posted on December 8, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Since the Senate approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last Saturday, December 2, the tax reform process has turned to the appointment of a conference committee. This committee must reconcile the Senate version of the bill (“Senate Bill”) and the version that the House of Representatives passed in November (“House Bill”), with the goal of producing…Read More

Health Provider News – December 8, 2017

[12/08/17]

Posted on December 8, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL For CMS Head, Improving Interoperability is Personal CVS agrees to buy Aetna in $69 billion deal that could shake up health-care industry Teladoc sees more than 100% growth in health systems, hospitals CMS takes aim at regulatory reforms to ease provider burden Amazon cancels pharma license application in Maine, raising more questions about its…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 8, 2017

[12/08/17]

Posted on December 8, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Current Tax Reform Proposals Have Significant Implications for Health Care Industry As House and Senate conferees began working to reconcile the differences between the tax bills passed by their respective bodies, the health care industry waits to see what’s included in the final product. After failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 1, 2017

[12/01/17]

Posted on December 1, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

GOP Tax Bill Moves Forward with Individual Mandate Repeal On November 29, the Senate voted to begin debate on the GOP tax reform bill that includes repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate. Currently, at least two of the three Senate Republicans who blocked the ACA repeal and replace legislation earlier this year, Sens. John McCain…Read More

Health Provider News – December 1, 2017

[12/01/17]

Posted on December 1, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL House Reps Aim to Stop $1.6B Hospital Payment Cut for 340B Drugs House asks HHS for plan on including bill of materials for medical devices Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout CAHs speak out against cuts to swing beds in Medicare extenders bill 13 health systems leading employment in…Read More

No Time Like the Present to (Re)Evaluate and Train on Your Sexual Harassment Policy

[11/30/17]

Posted on November 30, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In the wake of the salacious Harvey Weinstein allegations, the topic of sexual harassment is making the headlines…again. The Weinstein story followed right on the heels of the various (and seemingly ongoing) harassment-related woes of Fox News, which, in turn, followed on the heels of the developments that came to light on the presidential campaign…Read More

EEOC Challenges Return-to-Work Policies Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

[11/29/17]

Posted on November 29, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Another Reason to Review Your Medical Leave of Absence Policies and Practices The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has long maintained that inflexible leave of absence policies violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). One national employer (an airline and one of its regional carriers) recently entered into a 35-page consent decree with the…Read More

CMS Removes Total Knee Replacement from Inpatient-Only List 

[11/28/17]

Posted on November 28, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its Calendar Year 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) final rule. Among many other changes, CMS finalized its proposal to remove total knee arthroplasty (“TKA”) from the CMS inpatient-only (“IPO”) list. Effective January 1, 2018, CMS will no longer require that…Read More

CMS Issues 18-Month Moratorium and Delays Enforcement of Some Phase 2 Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

[11/27/17]

Posted on November 27, 2017 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

This is another article in a series discussing the complete overhaul of Part 483 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities (“Final Regulations”) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”). BACKGROUND On September 28, 2016, CMS released a complete overhaul of Part 483…Read More