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Year: 2016

USCIS Issues Revised Form I-9 for New Hires

[11/16/16]

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),... 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... READ MORE

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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... 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... 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... READ MORE

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Hall Render Named in 2017 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

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Posted on November 10, 2016 in Firm News

Published by: Hall Render

Hall Render has been named in U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® 2017 “Best Law Firms” rankings. The firm received national first-tier ranking in health care law and metropolitan first-tier rankings in health care law in Colorado, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Troy and in construction law in Louisville. Firms included in the 2017 “Best... 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... READ MORE

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

[11/03/16]

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... READ MORE

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Skilled Nursing Facility Chain Settles False Claims Act Case for $145 Million

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Posted on November 3, 2016 in False Claims Act Defense, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On October 24, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a $145 million False Claims Act settlement with a national skilled nursing facility provider that operates more than 200 skilled nursing facilities (the “Company”) and its individual owner. The settlement has been touted as the largest in the DOJ’s history with a skilled nursing facility (“SNF”) chain. According to... READ MORE

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Chelsea Painter Joins Hall Render

[11/01/16]

Posted on November 1, 2016 in Firm News

Published by: Hall Render

Hall Render is pleased to announce attorney Chelsea Painter has joined the firm’s Texas office. Chelsea focuses her practice on litigation and regulatory matters for a broad range of health care clients, including hospital systems, physician practices and other health-related businesses. In particular, she assists clients with risk management, medical malpractice defense and other... READ MORE