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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – February 8, 2019


Posted on February 8, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Lays Groundwork for Pricing Transparency Legislation A bipartisan group of senators continue to lay the groundwork for the introduction of pricing transparency legislation. On February 5, the senators released a letter seeking information from stakeholders as they prepare to introduce legislation that builds on draft legislation from last Congress. The effort is being... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 30, 2018


Posted on November 30, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Unlikely to Make Progress on Health Care Bills Before Year-End  As government funding battles overtake Capitol Hill, it appears Congress will not use the lame duck to resolve outstanding health care issues. While the desire to steer clear of health care fights is something different from prior years, outgoing House Ways and Means... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 16, 2018


Posted on November 16, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Democrats Set to Control Key Health Committees in Next Session of Congress The Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives following the recent midterm elections will significantly change the political landscape for health care issues when lawmakers return for the 116th Session of Congress next year. Overall, the election results will mean divided government... READ MORE

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Court Vacates 60-Day Rule for Medicare Advantage Plans, Creates Uncertainty for Same Rule Applicable to Medicare-Enrolled Providers


Posted on September 17, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Nearly a decade has passed since the U.S. Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). Since March 2010, we have seen federal court rulings on numerous challenges to the ACA itself and the executive branch’s efforts to enforce the ACA. One such challenge resulted on September 7, 2018 in the... READ MORE

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Companion Legislation Repealing Moratorium on Physician-Owned Hospitals Introduced in Senate


Posted on June 21, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On May 17, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) introduced companion legislation (S. 1133) to the House bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) moratorium on physician-owned hospitals. Named the Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2017, the bill is the Senate’s version of legislation (H.R. 1156) previously introduced in the... READ MORE

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Lack of Written Agreement Fatal to Hospital Reimbursement for Medical Resident Off-Site Training; Is Your Hospital Sharing Resident Costs at Nonprovider Sites Now?


Posted on February 20, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against two Michigan hospitals, holding that their written agreements regarding their medical residents’ off-site training programs failed to comply with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”) requirements for graduate medical education (“GME”) reimbursement. While the laws applicable in this... READ MORE

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OIG Final Rule Significantly Expands Exclusion Authority


Posted on January 19, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published the “Health Care Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Revisions to the Office of Inspector General’s Exclusion Authorities” Final Rule (“Final Rule”) revising and expanding its authority to exclude individuals and entities from participation in federal health care programs.... READ MORE

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Infertility Issues in the Workplace


Posted on August 2, 2016 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Jennifer H. Gonzalez

Protections for pregnant employees has significantly increased in the wake of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination (updated June 25, 2015) and the United States Supreme Court decision in Young v. United Parcel Services, Inc., — U.S. —, 135 S.Ct. 1338 (2015). But what about employees who are not yet... READ MORE

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This Week in Washington – March 6, 2015


Posted on March 6, 2015 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

House Republicans Release ACA Alternative On Monday, March 2, the chairmen of the three health-related committees in the House of Representatives, Reps. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Fred Upton (R-MI) and John Kline (R-MN), outlined an Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) alternative for states that opt out of running a federal exchange. The proposal, which was published... READ MORE


U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: Closely Held For-Profit Corporations with Religious Objections Exempt from ACA Contraceptive Mandate


Posted on July 2, 2014 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Calvin R. Chambers

On Monday, June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., et al., that extends certain religious freedom protections to closely held for-profit corporations.  Specifically, the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Government cannot impose the contraceptive mandate on closely held for-profit corporations that have... READ MORE

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