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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 27, 2018

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Posted on July 27, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

CMS Releases Proposed Outpatient Pay Rule On July 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued the Medicare hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (“ASC”) proposed rule for Calendar Year 2019, which contains an annual payment rate increase of 1.25 percent. Most significantly, the proposed rule would expand the “site-neutral”…Read More

Health Provider News – July 27, 2018

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Posted on July 27, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL AHA Seeks Changes to Stark Law to Support Care Coordination How Hospital Merger and Acquisition Activity is Changing Healthcare CMS seeks chief health informatics officer to lead HIT efforts Former HHS leaders: Stark and anti-kickback laws ‘harm the very patients they are supposed to protect’ What healthcare CFOs should know about artificial intelligence, machine…Read More

Blockchain in Health Care Explained: A Three-Part Series

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Posted on July 26, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Earlier this year, Hall Render attorneys Ammon Fillmore and Melissa Markey published a series of articles with Becker’s Hospital Review on blockchain technology and its impact, potential benefits and challenges within health care. Blockchain Technology: Building Trust in the Supply Chain In this article, learn what blockchain is, how it relates to cryptocurrency and where…Read More

USCIS Allows Adjudicators More Discretion in Decision to Deny Immigration Petitions Filed by Employers

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Posted on July 24, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The adjudicators who review employer submitted immigration petitions such as H-1B’s and I-140’s will soon have more discretion available to deny those petitions. Health care employers will be specifically affected by this change as about 25 percent of all physicians practicing or training in the United States are foreign born. On July 13, 2018, U.S….Read More

Hostile Work Environments Can Be Created by Patients and Other Third Parties, Too

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Posted on July 24, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

A recent federal appeals court decision reminds us that employees can bring sexual harassment claims based on the conduct of non-employees, including patients. A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reminds us of that risk. The Facts and Allegations In Gardner v. CLC of Pascagoula, LLC, a nursing assistant…Read More

Five Leasing Strategies Health Care Providers Can Learn from Starbucks

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Posted on July 23, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Health care providers can learn a thing or two from Starbucks. Similar to Starbucks, health care providers are creditworthy and desirable tenants and should leverage that desirability to negotiate better leases. These five strategies have helped make Starbucks a leader is the retail world, and health care providers would do well to implement the same…Read More

Stark Regulations Proposed to Enhance Consistency and Flexibility

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Posted on July 20, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule pertaining to payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2019 (“Proposed Rule”). In addition to changes to the Physician Fee Schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies, the Proposed Rule also addressed modifications to various Stark…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 20, 2018

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Posted on July 20, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Ways and Means Subcommittee Explores Modernizing Stark Law On July 17, the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on modernizing the Stark Law. Government and industry witnesses shared concerns about the inhibiting effect of the Stark Law on innovative payment models and value-based care. Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) stated…Read More

Health Provider News – July 20, 2018

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Posted on July 20, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL CMS releases proposed physician payment rule for 2019 Pharmaceutical, biotech companies cited as biggest drivers of high healthcare costs Amazon and start-up Xealth are planning a pilot where doctors would ‘prescribe’ products to be delivered after patients leave the hospital How rural hospitals can improve revenue cycle performance by renewing focus on the fundamentals…Read More

Warrantless Blood Draws: Wisconsin Supreme Court Splits on Constitutionality of Implied Consent When OWI Arrestee Is Unconscious

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Posted on July 16, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In State v. Mitchell, 2018 WI 84, a non-precedential decision released earlier this month, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld an OWI conviction based on a blood draw taken when the defendant driver was literally passed out drunk. In May 2013, Sheboygan Police received a tip about a possible drunk driver. When they caught up to…Read More