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Year: 2017

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 1, 2017

[12/01/17]

Posted on December 1, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

GOP Tax Bill Moves Forward with Individual Mandate Repeal On November 29, the Senate voted to begin debate on the GOP tax reform bill that includes repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate. Currently, at least two of the three Senate Republicans who blocked the ACA repeal and replace legislation earlier this year, Sens. John... READ MORE

Health Provider News – December 1, 2017

[12/01/17]

Posted on December 1, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL House Reps Aim to Stop $1.6B Hospital Payment Cut for 340B Drugs House asks HHS for plan on including bill of materials for medical devices Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout CAHs speak out against cuts to swing beds in Medicare extenders bill 13 health systems leading employment... READ MORE

No Time Like the Present to (Re)Evaluate and Train on Your Sexual Harassment Policy

[11/30/17]

Posted on November 30, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In the wake of the salacious Harvey Weinstein allegations, the topic of sexual harassment is making the headlines…again. The Weinstein story followed right on the heels of the various (and seemingly ongoing) harassment-related woes of Fox News, which, in turn, followed on the heels of the developments that came to light on the presidential... READ MORE

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EEOC Challenges Return-to-Work Policies Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

[11/29/17]

Posted on November 29, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Another Reason to Review Your Medical Leave of Absence Policies and Practices The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has long maintained that inflexible leave of absence policies violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). One national employer (an airline and one of its regional carriers) recently entered into a 35-page consent decree with... READ MORE

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CMS Removes Total Knee Replacement from Inpatient-Only List 

[11/28/17]

Posted on November 28, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its Calendar Year 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) final rule. Among many other changes, CMS finalized its proposal to remove total knee arthroplasty (“TKA”) from the CMS inpatient-only (“IPO”) list. Effective January 1, 2018, CMS will no longer require... READ MORE

CMS Issues 18-Month Moratorium and Delays Enforcement of Some Phase 2 Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

[11/27/17]

Posted on November 27, 2017 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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Hall Render Announces New Shareholders

[11/21/17]

Posted on November 21, 2017 in Firm News

Published by: Hall Render

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman has recently announced that Jon Boguth, Lauren Hulls, Joe Krause, Julie Lappas, Rene Larkin, Sara MacCarthy and Katie Miller have been named Shareholders. Jon Boguth (Detroit office) advises on technology-related transactions with a focus on IT procurement. He has extensive experience drafting and negotiating agreements for IT products... READ MORE

Sandra Milena McCarthy Joins Hall Render

[11/21/17]

Posted on November 21, 2017 in Firm News

Published by: Hall Render

Hall Render is pleased to announce attorney Sandra Milena McCarthy has joined the firm’s Denver office. Sandra’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, real estate, physician alignment matters, life sciences and clinical research. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a research assistant for the stem cell institutes of two different academic medical institutions,... READ MORE

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 17, 2017

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Posted on November 17, 2017 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Bill Introduced to Prevent 340B Cuts On November 14, a bipartisan bill was introduced to prevent CMS from implementing the $1.6 billion cut to the 340B drug discount program. The legislation, introduced by Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), pushes HHS to maintain the current 340B discount rate of Average Sales Price... READ MORE