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Employee Oral Complaints, Hand Billing and “Strikes” Get More Protections

[04/06/11]

Posted on April 6, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Employees who file internal oral complaints, who distribute union handbills on someone else’s property or who walk out over pay issues, even when no union is involved, gained more protections in a series of recent decisions. Employers will need to be on the lookout for these tricky legal situations so that the ever broadening rights…Read More

Breaking News: CMS Issues its Proposed Rule for Accountable Care Organizations

[03/31/11]

Posted on March 31, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This installment of Hall Render’s Health Law Broadcast series on health care reform is designed to provide you with the insight, analysis and practical suggestions with respect to the various reform initiatives that will affect your organization.  Background Introduction.  On March 31, 2011, approximately one year from the date the Patient Protection and Affordable Care…Read More

Much Ado About Nothing … or Much Ado About Something? Obama Administration Rescinds Provider Conscience Rules

[03/29/11]

Posted on March 29, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On February 18, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (the “Department”) issued final regulations (the “Final Rule”) on the enforcement of the federal statutory health care provider conscience protections, rescinding most of a 2008 federal regulation designed to protect health care providers who refuse to provide certain health care services based on moral…Read More

Employer’s Warning to “Tuck in Your Shirt” Leads to Liability

[03/28/11]

Posted on March 28, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

It seems that these days almost any type of complaint made by a single employee in front of others will now be protected by the federal National Labor Relations Act. The latest development involves a time share company in Las Vegas that announced a new policy requiring sales representatives to tuck in their shirts. The…Read More

EEOC Issues Final Regulations Under the ADAAA

[03/25/11]

Posted on March 25, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Today the EEOC published in the Federal Register the Final Regulations implementing the changes made to the Americans with Disabilities Act by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) that was enacted in September 2008 and became effective on January 1, 2009. The final regulations take effect on May 24, 2011. The final regulations do not break…Read More

Important Information Regarding Payment of the Medicare Enrollment Application Fee

[03/25/11]

Posted on March 25, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

As a part of the implementation of Section 6401(a) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), on or after March 25, 2011, Medicare institutional providers of medical or other items or services and suppliers submitting a paper CMS-855A, CMS-855B or CMS-855S or any associated Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) enrollment application will be…Read More

Happy Birthday Affordable Care Act

[03/23/11]

Posted on March 23, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This installment of Hall Render’s Health Law Broadcast series on health care reform is designed to provide you with the insight, analysis and practical suggestions with respect to the various reform initiatives that will affect your organization.  Today is the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.  Its implementation, however, has not been a smooth…Read More

CMS to Allow Eligible Providers to Delegate Registration and Attestation of Meaningful Use

[03/10/11]

Posted on March 10, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On Monday, March 7 in an update to a Frequently Asked Question (“FAQ”) on the CMS website, CMS indicated that it plans to implement functionality that will allow Eligible Providers (“EPs”) to designate a third party to register and attest to meeting the meaningful use criteria on his or her behalf under the HITECH Act’s…Read More

OCR Continues to Raise the Stakes with HIPAA Enforcement: Mass General Agrees to a Settlement of $1 Million for Possible Violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule

[03/07/11]

Posted on March 7, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) entered into a Resolution Agreement with General Hospital Corporation and Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Inc., collectively known as Mass General (“Mass General”) to resolve a potential violation of the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996…Read More

Federal District Court Ruling Heats Up, While President Obama Supports Legislation to Make “State Innovation Waivers” Available Three Years Earlier

[03/04/11]

Posted on March 4, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On the judicial front, you’ll recall that U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled in late January that the “individual mandate” provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) was unconstitutional, and declared the rest of the Act inseverable and void.  In that ruling the Judge stopped short of issuing an injunction,…Read More