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The 21st Century Cures Act: Ensuring Mental and Substance Use Disorders Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Programs Keep Pace with Science and Technology

[05/09/17]

Posted on May 9, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Title VII of the of the 21st Century Cures Act (the “Act”) underscores the importance of evidence-based programs and practices for diagnosing, preventing, treating and recovering from mental and substance use disorders. Title VII amends the Public Health Service Act to ensure that such programs reflect the increased knowledge obtained through the progress in science…Read More

OCR Continues Heightened Pace of HIPAA Enforcement Actions

[05/08/17]

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

If HIPAA covered entities thought the increased rate of enforcement actions at the beginning of 2017 by the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) was an anomaly, a flurry of settlement announcements by OCR in April indicate the trend may continue. The three recent enforcement actions discussed below demonstrate…Read More

For the Record: Patients’ Attorneys Exempt from Medical Record Certification and Retrieval Fees in Wisconsin

[05/08/17]

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In a decision released May 4, 2017, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that personal injury attorneys obtaining medical records on behalf of their clients are exempt from statutory certification and retrieval fees (Moya v. Healthport Technologies, LLC, 2017 WI 45, ¶ 2.). The plaintiff was involved in a motor vehicle accident and retained counsel to…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – May 5, 2017

[05/05/17]

Posted on May 5, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

AHCA Passes the House On May 4, the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 217 to 213. The bill now moves to the Senate where lawmakers have already indicated that they intend to write their own bill instead of taking up what passed in the House. The…Read More

Sleep Centers Wake Up to Medicare Accreditation Changes

[05/05/17]

Posted on May 5, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Wisconsin Physician Services, Inc. (“WPS”), the Medicare Administrative Contractor (“MAC”) for J5 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska) and J8 (Indiana and Michigan) recently issued a local coverage determination (“LCD”), LCD (L36839), revising accreditation requirements for polysomnography and other sleep studies. Historically, the LCD stated that a hospital could use The Joint Commission (“TJC”) accreditation to…Read More

FDA Considers Establishing a New Office of Patient Affairs

[05/04/17]

Posted on May 4, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In the March 14, 2017 Federal Register, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced that it is considering establishing a new Office of Patient Affairs (“Office”). This consideration results from FDA’s intention to “enhance future patient engagement by providing a more transparent, accessible, and robust experience for patient communities.”1 The Federal Register notice outlined FDA’s…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – April 28, 2017

[04/28/17]

Posted on April 28, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

House Delays AHCA Vote On April 27, House leadership delayed a vote on the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) until at least next week. As of last night, at least 15 House Republicans remain opposed with another 20 undecided. Without Democratic support, House Republicans can only lose 22 votes. Earlier in the week, a number…Read More

CMS Seeks Comments on Role of Physician-Owned Hospitals

[04/27/17]

Posted on April 27, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On April 14, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule addressing several potential changes to the health care delivery system, including physician-owned hospitals (“Proposed Rule”). As a part of this Proposed Rule, CMS is also seeking comment regarding the current restrictions on physician-owned hospitals and how these restrictions affect the…Read More

CMS Proposes Two Regulatory Changes for Accreditation Organizations to Publish Survey Reports and Revised Public Notice for Medicare Terminations

[04/26/17]

Posted on April 26, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

CMS issued a survey and certification letter, dated April 16, 2017, announcing their intention to publish proposed changes on April 28, 2017 that will require accreditation organizations (“AOs”) (i.e., TJC, DNV, HFAP and CIHQ) to post provider/supplier survey reports and plans of corrections from CMS-approved accreditation programs on their website. CMS is also proposing to…Read More

Did CMS’s March 31, 2017 MIPS “Snapshot” Affect Your Practice Group’s MIPS Scoring?

[04/26/17]

Posted on April 26, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Ordinarily, CMS will calculate the MIPS final score for a practice group’s physicians on an individual or group basis.[1] However, physicians participating in a “MIPS APM” are subject to a significantly different scoring methodology – the “APM scoring standard.” This article: (1) outlines CMS’s “snapshot” process for determining which physicians CMS will score using the…Read More