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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – October 27, 2017

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Posted on October 27, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Hatch-Brady Proposal Introduced as Alternative Market Stabilization Plan On October 24, Senate Finance chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) proposed a bicameral agreement for ACA market stabilization. Similar to the Senate HELP Committee proposal released last week, Hatch-Brady includes two years of funding for the ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies….Read More

Health Provider News – October 27, 2017

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Posted on October 27, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Pilot test will evaluate MACRA’s ability to reduce costs Telehealth laws expanded, updated in nearly every state House budget chairman wants to get rid of EMTALA Over 1,300 Hospitals Urge CMS to Withdraw 340B Drug Payment Cuts Regenstrief to evaluate how health information exchange impacts EDs More metropolitan areas are dominated by single insurance…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – October 20, 2017

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Posted on October 20, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Introduces Bipartisan Market Stabilization Legislation On October 18, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced their individual market stabilization bill. The bill includes 11 Republican and 11 Democratic co-sponsors. The legislation proposes to restore funding for cost-sharing reduction payments for two years. The White House announced…Read More

Health Provider News – October 20, 2017

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Posted on October 20, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance Kaufman Hall: Number of hospital mergers and acquisitions this year on pace to top 2016 Alexander-Murray Healthcare Bill: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know Trump appears to back further away from bipartisan health-care push Healthgrades: Hospital quality varies widely throughout the country National…Read More

Fifth Circuit Addresses Pre-Suit Disclosure and Causation Requirements for FCA Theories of Liability

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Posted on October 17, 2017 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

The Fifth Circuit recently addressed pre-suit disclosure and causation requirements for FCA theories of liability in United States ex rel. King v. Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc., 871 F.3d 318 (5th Cir. 2017). Two former employees (“Relators”) of Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. filed a qui tam suit claiming that Solvay induced false Medicaid claims through a variety of…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – October 13, 2017

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Posted on October 13, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Trump Administration Announces Plans to Weaken ACA On October 12, President Trump signed an executive order to overhaul health insurance regulations. The order instructs the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services to expand health coverage through inexpensive, short-term health plans exempt from current Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) insurance market rules. One mechanism…Read More

Health Provider News – October 13, 2017

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Posted on October 13, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Survey: Healthcare execs name data analytics, population health among top challenges for 2018 10 Common Physician Compensation Mistakes Most hospitals tie doctor pay to productivity; new research examines how that impacts academic medicine Trump could make waves with health-care order CMS releases star ratings for Medicare Advantage and drug plans, Kaiser earns top marks…Read More

Second Circuit Falls in Line for FCA Pleading Requirements

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Posted on October 9, 2017 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

On September 7, 2017, the Second Circuit realigned its stance on false certifications under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) in light of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S.Ct. 1989, 195 L.Ed.2d 348 (2016). Background In the initial action, relators brought a qui tam action under…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – October 6, 2017

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Posted on October 6, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

House and Senate Committees Advance CHIP Funding After Congress missed the September 30 deadline to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (“CHIP”), both the House and Senate worked to advance bipartisan CHIP legislation this week. The Senate Finance Committee advanced a bill, known as the Keep Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure (“KIDS”) Act,…Read More

Health Provider News – October 6, 2017

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Posted on October 6, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Which ASC company has grown the most in 2017? Five questions on healthcare following Price’s resignation Pence protégé seen as frontrunner to replace Price Congress moves toward funding lapsed federal children’s health insurance program 3 things to know about HHS Acting Secretary Dr. Don Wright 18 things to know about the 6 CEOs leading…Read More