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Texas Court Issues Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Against Expansion of Overtime

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Posted on November 23, 2016 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

DOL’s Final Rule Blocked On November 22, 2016, a federal district judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) from implementing and enforcing its final rule establishing new salary thresholds for millions of traditionally exempt white collar employees.  As we reported in July, that new rule, which was…Read More

EEOC Updates Guidance Regarding National Origin Discrimination

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Posted on November 22, 2016 in HR Insights for Health Care

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On November 21, the EEOC announced the release of its updated Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination (“Guidance”), representing the first official guidance on this topic in 14 years. The new Guidance replaces the EEOC Compliance Manual, Volume II, Section 13: National Origin Discrimination, previously published in 2002. The Guidance may be accessed here. The EEOC…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 18, 2016

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Posted on November 18, 2016 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Returns to Washington The House and Senate returned this week to begin the “lame duck” portion of the congressional calendar. The session is expected to run through December 9 at which point lawmakers will adjourn the 114th Congress. The only must-do item on the Congressional agenda is funding the federal government, which expires December…Read More

USCIS Issues Revised Form I-9 for New Hires

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Posted on November 16, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 14, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification for use with all new hires. The new version (dated 11/14/2016) will be required for all employers on January 22, 2017. Until that date, employers may continue to use the older version (dated 03/08/2013), or…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 11, 2016

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Posted on November 11, 2016 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Election Threatens Future of the Affordable Care Act On November 8, Americans elected Donald J. Trump the 45th President of the United States and in doing so put the future of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in serious jeopardy. Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives and held on to what is expected to…Read More

Summary of the OIG 2017 Work Plan

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Posted on November 11, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Executive Summary On November 10, 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) published its Work Plan for Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2017 (“Work Plan”). The Work Plan, published annually, describes OIG’s new and continuing audit and enforcement priorities for the upcoming year. The Work Plan is also useful in identifying corporate compliance risk areas and…Read More

The New Maryland Board of Physicians Reporting Requirements

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Posted on November 11, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On October 28, 2016, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (“DHMH”) published its final regulations regarding hospitals’ and certain other health care facilities’ obligations to report certain actions involving physicians, allied health providers and naturopathic doctors.  The final regulations are codified at COMAR 10.32.22 and became effective November 7, 2016. As you may recall,…Read More

What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Employers?

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Posted on November 10, 2016 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Only time will tell for certain whether President-elect Donald J. Trump will pursue a traditional Republican agenda on employment issues. While Mr. Trump certainly carries a business background, his appeal to blue collar and other middle class workers during the campaign may restrain what might otherwise be a pro-employer legislative agenda in some areas. We do…Read More

Court Grants Preliminary Injunction in Favor of American Health Care Association’s Complaint Against CMS for Arbitration Provision Changes Contained in New Regulations

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Posted on November 7, 2016 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

This is another article in a series discussing the complete overhaul of Part 483 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities (“Final Regulations”) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”). Background On September 28, 2016, CMS released a complete overhaul of Part 483…Read More

CMS Final Rule Implements Section 603 Limitations on Payment for Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments

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Posted on November 3, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued its long-awaited final rule for the CY 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“Final Rule”). Among many other changes, CMS finalized its implementation of Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (“Section 603”), which excludes many off-campus services from being…Read More