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Year: 2017

CMS Appears to Forbid All Forms of Text Messaging

[12/19/17]

Posted on December 19, 2017 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

For an update to this article, please click here. If your organization allows texting, consider recent CMS communications prohibiting all texting Hall Render has become aware that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has been communicating to hospitals that texting is unacceptable, even through secure text messaging applications, due to concerns about the... READ MORE

Health Provider News – December 15, 2017

[12/15/17]

Posted on December 15, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL MedPAC finalizes recommendation to repeal MIPS WSJ: Ascension, Providence St. Joseph in merger talks Dignity Health announces merger with Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives Optum’s MedExpress and Walgreens team up on urgent care Improve communication, save time in practice with these methods 5 most interesting health IT partnerships this week Politics don’t change our... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 15, 2017

[12/15/17]

Posted on December 15, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

House and Senate Republicans Reach Deal on Tax Reform On December 13, House and Senate Republicans announced they’ve reached an agreement on how to reconcile the differences between their respective tax reform bills. Although text of the legislation has not been released, reports indicate the final version will repeal the ACA’s individual mandate and... READ MORE

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2018 Non-Monetary Compensation to Physicians (And Chance to Review 2017)

[12/15/17]

Posted on December 15, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Under the federal Stark Law, hospitals may provide non-monetary compensation to physicians up to an aggregate amount of $407 for calendar year 2018. The dollar limit for “medical staff incidental benefits” (e.g., meals, parking and other items or incidental services that are used on the hospital’s campus) is less than $34 per occurrence. Other... READ MORE

OIG Rescission of 2006 Advisory Opinion: An Important Compliance Reminder

[12/11/17]

Posted on December 11, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 28, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) rescinded Advisory Opinion 06-04, which had been issued in 2006 to Caring Voice Coalition (“Requestor”), a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organization. Requestor operated a patient assistance program (“PAP”) that provided financially needy Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare premium and cost-sharing... READ MORE

Tax-Exempt Organizations on the Tax Bill Chopping Block

[12/08/17]

Posted on December 8, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Since the Senate approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last Saturday, December 2, the tax reform process has turned to the appointment of a conference committee. This committee must reconcile the Senate version of the bill (“Senate Bill”) and the version that the House of Representatives passed in November (“House Bill”), with the goal of... READ MORE

Health Provider News – December 8, 2017

[12/08/17]

Posted on December 8, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL For CMS Head, Improving Interoperability is Personal CVS agrees to buy Aetna in $69 billion deal that could shake up health-care industry Teladoc sees more than 100% growth in health systems, hospitals CMS takes aim at regulatory reforms to ease provider burden Amazon cancels pharma license application in Maine, raising more questions about... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 8, 2017

[12/08/17]

Posted on December 8, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Current Tax Reform Proposals Have Significant Implications for Health Care Industry As House and Senate conferees began working to reconcile the differences between the tax bills passed by their respective bodies, the health care industry waits to see what’s included in the final product. After failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act... READ MORE

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