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CMS Guidance Impacts Micro Hospitals

[10/05/17]

Posted on October 5, 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 hospital…Read More

New York Hospital Owner Pays $4 Million Real Estate-Related Settlement to Settle False Claims Act and Stark Law Allegations

[10/05/17]

Posted on October 5, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On September 13, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a $4 million settlement with a New York-based hospital owner that owns and operates two hospitals in New York. The qui tam lawsuit was filed July 15, 2013, and the relator was an employed physician at one of the hospitals implicated in the lawsuit (the…Read More

Michigan Supreme Court Clarifies Requirements for Charitable Institutions to Qualify for Property Tax Exemptions

[10/05/17]

Posted on October 5, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In Michigan, as in many other states, a nonprofit charitable organization must satisfy rigorous requirements to qualify for real and personal property tax exemptions. In Baruch SLS, Inc. v. Tittabawassee Twp., the Michigan Supreme Court recently upheld the landmark Wexford case while clarifying one of Wexford’s six factors to qualify for property tax exemptions. The Wexford…Read More

CMS Issues Reporting Requirements, Advanced Alternative Payment Model Instructions for Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model

[10/03/17]

Posted on October 3, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On September 30, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services notified hospitals participating in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (“CJR”) model of certain reporting requirements related to financial sharing arrangements with CJR collaborators (i.e., physicians and other providers who work with CJR hospitals to improve quality and cost performance). The notice, which was…Read More

Will 2017 Tax Reform Impact Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans?

[10/02/17]

Posted on October 2, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On Wednesday, September 28, 2017, the Trump administration and the so-called “Big 6” revealed an outline for tax reform entitled “Unified Framework For Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.” The Big 6 include Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul…Read More

ADA Does Not Require Multi-Month Leaves of Absence, Seventh Circuit Says

[09/29/17]

Posted on September 29, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

“The ADA is an antidiscrimination statute, not a medical-leave entitlement,” wrote Judge Sykes in a case of major significance to human resource professionals. Building on prior Seventh Circuit precedent, the opinion went on to state that employees who require long-term medical leave cannot work and therefore are not “qualified individuals” under the ADA. This case,…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 29, 2017

[09/29/17]

Posted on September 29, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

No Deal for Repeal: Congress Considers Next Steps On September 26, Senate leadership announced they would not hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal the ACA. The vote was called off after Republicans realized they would not reach the requisite 50 votes needed to pass the legislation prior to the September 30 deadline….Read More

Health Provider News – September 29, 2017

[09/29/17]

Posted on September 29, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Price to stop private plane use on business during review Evaluating the future of hospital acquisitions of private practices Senate Republicans Say They Will Not Vote on Health Bill Trump vows another healthcare vote next year, eyes executive order 4 financial, strategic and revenue cycle issues health systems are facing CMS postpones October hospital…Read More

SAMHSA to Issue Opioid Crisis Funding Through Six Grant Programs

[09/26/17]

Posted on September 26, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In 2016, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (“SAMHSA”) National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 11.8 million people misused opioids, including prescription pain relievers and heroin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2016 is estimating that drug overdose deaths, most of them due to opioids, will exceed 60,000….Read More

Michigan Senate Committee Recommends Senate Bill Authorizing Dental Therapists

[09/25/17]

Posted on September 25, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On September 20, 2017, the Michigan Senate Committee on Health Policy recommended Senate Bill 541 (2017) (the “Bill”), which would authorize licensure for dental therapists in Michigan. The Bill would allow licensed dental therapists to perform certain dental services under the supervision of a dentist pursuant to a written practice agreement. Specifically, the Bill would…Read More