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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 28, 2018

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Posted on September 28, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Sends Health Funding Package to President Congress completed the funding package for the 2019 Labor-HHS appropriations measure, which hikes funding for most Health and Human Services (“HHS”) agencies. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted, 361 to 61, to pass legislation to provide $178.1 billion in discretionary funding for the departments of Defense,... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 20, 2018

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Posted on July 20, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Ways and Means Subcommittee Explores Modernizing Stark Law On July 17, the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on modernizing the Stark Law. Government and industry witnesses shared concerns about the inhibiting effect of the Stark Law on innovative payment models and value-based care. Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL)... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 8, 2018

[06/08/18]

Posted on June 8, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

More Changes Ahead for 340B The Human Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) released a final rule delaying the effective date of implementation and enforcement of the previously issued final rule implementing the 340B Drug Discount Program. The delayed rule, which was originally published on January 5, 2017, established the methodology for calculating the 340B... READ MORE

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21st Century Cures Act Lessens EHR Burdens on Physicians Performing Cases in ASCs

[02/21/17]

Posted on February 21, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Cures Act addresses certain electronic health record (“EHR”) difficulties faced by physicians who practice primarily in ambulatory surgery centers (“ASCs”). Section 16003 explicitly excludes physicians who furnish substantially all of their Medicare services at ASCs from the penalties imposed under various programs for failure to adopt a certified EHR. Under the current Medicare... READ MORE

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OIG Final Rule Significantly Expands Exclusion Authority

[01/19/17]

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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CMS Final Rule Establishes Significant Changes to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model

[01/18/17]

Posted on January 18, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On December 20, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a Final Rule that included several changes to the recently implemented Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (“CJR”) program. The CJR Model is a retrospective bundled payment program limited to lower extremity joint replacement (“LEJR”) procedures and is designed to encourage hospitals... READ MORE

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CMS Issues Final Rule for New Bundled Payment Models

[01/18/17]

Posted on January 18, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Background On December 20, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a final rule (the “Final Rule”)1 creating three new episode payment models (“EPMs”) covering services provided to Medicare beneficiaries admitted to certain Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“IPPS”) hospitals for heart attacks, coronary bypass surgery or surgical treatment of hip or... READ MORE

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Final Rule Published Regarding Nursing Facility Closure Requirements

[03/20/13]

Posted on March 20, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

On March 19, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”) Final Rule regarding notification and relocation requirements for closing a long-term care (“LTC”) facility was published in the Federal Register. Under the new requirements, 60 days prior to the closure of an LTC facility, the administrator must provide written notice to the... READ MORE

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OIG Issues New Guidelines for Review of State FCA Statutes

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Posted on March 15, 2013 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

The recent amendments to the False Claims Act, the Fraud Enforcement Recovery Act of 2009 (“FERA”), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“PPACA”), and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) continue to generate new rules and guidance. Effective 2007, Congress created incentives for States to pass and enforce mirror FCA statutes... READ MORE

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HHS Announces First Settlement of HIPAA Breach Affecting Less Than 500 Individuals

[01/03/13]

Posted on January 3, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Kendra Conover

On January 2, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that it had reached a settlement with a hospice provider (“Hospice”) arising from potential violations of the Security Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).  HHS learned of the circumstances giving rise to the enforcement action... READ MORE

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