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

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Posted on September 8, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Returns for Fall Work Period Congress returned to Washington this week after their longest break of the calendar year. The Senate reengaged on the issue of ACA repeal and began hearings on a legislative package to stabilize the ACA marketplace. On September 6-7, the Senate HELP Committee held hearings with state insurance commissioners and…Read More

Health Provider News – September 8, 2017

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Posted on September 8, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Health IT passes first big test with Hurricane Harvey Hickenlooper-Kasich health care proposal calls for retaining individual mandate, funding CSRs Bundled payments on ‘pause,’ but not for long After Harvey, telemedicine connects doctors to displaced patients New U.S. surgeon general sworn in Tuesday Specialty practices way behind on MACRA readiness, survey shows Sen. Alexander…Read More

.health Domain Suffix Registration Open Exclusively for Health-Related Entities Until November 30, 2017

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Posted on September 7, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Health-related entities and individuals should consider securing registration for “.health” domain suffixes associated with their legal and/or trade names during the health industry exclusivity period now through November 30, 2017. The new .health top level domain suffixes provide unique opportunities for health-related entities and individuals to solidify branding in their current and future digital marketing…Read More

CMS Clarifies Definition of Hospital: What It Means to Be “Primarily Engaged”

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Posted on September 7, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On September 6, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a Survey and Certification (“S&C”) Memo 17-44 with new guidance to State Survey Agencies pertaining to the application of the Medicare statutory definition of  “hospital” and whether a hospital is “primarily engaged” in the provision of inpatient services. CMS clarified that a…Read More

OIG Approves Pharmaceutical Manufacturer’s Replacement Program for Spoiled Biologics

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Posted on September 6, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On August 25, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) posted Advisory Opinion 17-03 addressing a proposed arrangement whereby a pharmaceutical manufacturer of biologics and other products (“Supplier”) would replace products that require specialized handling[1] that could not be administered to patients for certain reasons, at no additional charge to…Read More

Wisconsin Supreme Court to Decide Limits on Non-Solicitation of Employee Clauses

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Posted on September 5, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Most employers are familiar with the scrutiny afforded non-compete agreements. However, many don’t realize that there are other forms of restrictive covenants potentially subject to that same scrutiny. Today, September 5, 2017, the Wisconsin Supreme Court will be asked to decide whether the state’s law that limits the enforceability of non-compete agreements applies to the…Read More

New EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Obligations “Suspended Indefinitely”

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Posted on August 31, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) has “suspended indefinitely” the compliance date for the new pay data reporting requirements on the EEO-1 report. Private employers with at least 100 employees will still be required to annually file EEO-1 reports, but the scope of the report will be limited to the same “race/ethnicity and gender…Read More

USCIS to Implement Additional Hurdles to Adjustment of Status Process

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

Published by: Hall Render

On August 29, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that adjustment of status applications based on employment and refugee/asylee petitions will be subject to in-person interviews with immigration officers beginning October 1, 2017. USCIS POLICY CHANGE Although Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) regulations provide a legal basis for requiring all adjustment of status…Read More

Cybersecurity Insurance Carriers: Are You Ready?

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Posted on August 28, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision increases chances for data breach victims to successfully sue. In 2014, customers of a health insurer filed a lawsuit after their personally identifiable information (“PII”) was revealed in a data breach that affected more than one million individuals.[1] The lower court dismissed the lawsuit in 2014, but on…Read More

USCIS Denies Applications for Advance Parole Due to International Travel

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Posted on August 28, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On August 18, 2017, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) issued a statement confirming numerous reports of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) denying Form I-131 Applications for Advance Parole where applicants exited the U.S. while the applications were pending. These denials have occurred even where applicants possessed separate, valid advance parole documents or nonimmigrant…Read More