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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – March 17, 2017

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Posted on March 17, 2017 in Federal Advocacy, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

House Budget Committee Advances American Health Care Act On March 16, the House Budget Committee voted 19-17 to advance the ACA repeal and replace legislation known as the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”). The bill passed despite the opposition of several conservatives on the committee who opposed the measure on the grounds that it doesn’t…Read More

Title X of the 21st Century Cures Act Strengthens Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder Care for Women, Children and Adolescents

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Posted on March 17, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This is the fourth article in a series on the 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cures Act”), which was signed into law on December 13, 2016. Over the next few weeks, we will publish a series of articles summarizing various components under the Cures Act. The articles in our series are located here. This article specifically…Read More

Canadian Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with Valid TN Visas Are Being Turned Away at the Canadian Border

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Posted on March 16, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Reports from Canada and CBC News have confirmed that Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (“APRNs”), including Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Practitioners, who work in the United States pursuant to valid NAFTA professional (“TN”) visas have been denied entry to the United States within the past week. These APRNs have been informed by U.S. Customs…Read More

Michigan Board of Medicine Updates the Administrative Code

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Posted on March 15, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Michigan Board of Medicine (the “Board”) recently updated provisions of the Michigan Administrative Code (the “Code”) related to English proficiency requirements, training related to identifying victims of human trafficking, delegation of prescriptive authority for schedule II controlled substances and continuing medical education. Specifically, the Board made the following updates to the Code. English Proficiency…Read More

The 21st Century Cures Act Reforms to the Mental Health System: Part 3

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Posted on March 13, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Title IX: Increasing Access to Care and Strengthening the Mental Health Workforce This is the third article in a series on the 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cures Act”), which was signed into law on December 13, 2016. We will continue publishing a series of articles summarizing various components under the Cures Act. The articles…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – March 10, 2017

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Posted on March 10, 2017 in Federal Advocacy, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

House Republicans Make Progress on ACA Repeal and Replacement On March 6, House Republicans released their long-awaited budget reconciliation package, the American Health Care Act, which is intended to repeal and replace significant portions of the Affordable Care Act. Two days later, the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees conducted epic markup…Read More

The 21st Century Cures Act Reforms to the Mental Health System: Strengthening Leadership and Accountability

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Posted on March 10, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This is the second article in a series on the 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cures Act”), which was signed into law on December 13, 2016. Over the next few weeks, we will publish a series of articles summarizing various components under the Cures Act. The articles in our series are located here. Title VI of…Read More

What Did Leaders Know and When Did They Know It? New DOJ Guidance Offers Key Insights on Effective Compliance Programs

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Posted on March 9, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Criminal Division recently released new compliance policy guidance that its attorneys and investigators are instructed to consider when “conducting an investigation of a corporate entity, determining whether to bring charges, and negotiating plea or other agreements.” The Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (“Compliance Guidance”) provides additional…Read More

New Immigration Executive Order: Second Edition of the Travel Ban

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Posted on March 8, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On March 6, 2017, the president signed a fourth executive order, which clarifies and edits the previous executive order that temporarily banned immigration from seven named countries. Enforcement of the original executive order is currently stayed by the courts pending appeal. This new order will go into effect on March 16, 2017. Brief Overview of…Read More

Labor Department Takes First Steps to Delay Fiduciary Rule

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Posted on March 8, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

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On Thursday, March 2, 2017, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”) of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a notice in the Federal Register that took the first steps toward delaying the so-called “fiduciary rule.” The EBSA acted in response to President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum of February 3, 2017 that directed the DOL to evaluate the…Read More