Articles and Blogs

Year: 2019

The Price May Not Be Right, But It Will Be Public: CMS Finalizes Price Transparency Rule Requiring Hospitals to Publish Payer-Specific Rates

[11/18/19]

Posted on November 18, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 15, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the final rule on Price Transparency Requirements for Hospitals to Make Standard Charges Public (“Final Rule”) (available here). Despite broad opposition from the industry, CMS finalized the rule largely as proposed. CMS did delay the effective date until January 1, 2021,... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 15, 2019

[11/15/19]

Posted on November 15, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

CMS Releases Price Transparency Rules On November 15, CMS issued a proposed and final rule, both intended to increase the transparency in pricing for health care providers. One of the rules is the Calendar Year (“CY “) 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) final rule. The second rule is the Transparency in Coverage proposed... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – November 15, 2019

[11/15/19]

Posted on November 15, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL FDA proposal for medical device approvals a ‘terrible idea,’ advocacy group says Why hospitals are a weak spot in U.S. cybersecurity Here’s how Amazon employees get health care through a new app — a glimpse of the future of medicine Consolidation of physician practices linked to ACOs, study finds OIG: Hospitals overbilled Medicare... READ MORE

OFCCP Seeks to Make TRICARE Carve Out Permanent

[11/12/19]

Posted on November 12, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In more happy news for the health care industry, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) is proposing to amend its regulations concerning its jurisdiction over health care providers that participate in TRICARE. The amendments would revise OFCCP’s regulatory definition of “subcontractor . . . to exclude health care providers with agreements to... READ MORE

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

[11/08/19]

Posted on November 8, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Federal Judges Strike Down Trump’s Conscience Rule for Health Providers On Wednesday, a federal judge voided the Trump administration’s “conscience rule” that would have allowed health care providers to refuse to participate in abortions, sterilizations or other types of care they disagree with on religious or moral grounds. HHS issued the conscience rule in... READ MORE

Publicly Available ePHI Leads to $1.6 Million Fine

[11/08/19]

Posted on November 8, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 7, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that a Texas state agency (“State Agency”) will pay a penalty of $1,600,000 for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule and Security Rule. According to the Notice of... READ MORE

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Key Takeaways from 2020 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule

[11/08/19]

Posted on November 8, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its final rule for the Calendar Year (“CY”) 2020 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“Final Rule”). Among many other changes, CMS finalized three key payment policy updates impacting hospital outpatient departments, including: (1) reducing payments for clinic visits at off-campus provider-based departments (“PBDs”);... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – November 8, 2019

[11/08/19]

Posted on November 8, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL CMS releases final site neutral and other payment rules CMS will pay $1.9 billion to hospitals in value-based payments for inpatient care A nationwide doctor shortage is looming. Rural areas will take the hardest hit. Cybersecurity, telehealth bills likely to stall in Congress, CHIME officials say Avoid the bright, shiny objects in health... READ MORE

Federal Judges Vacate Conscience Rule Nationwide

[11/07/19]

Posted on November 7, 2019 in Health Law News, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On November 6, 2019, a federal judge sitting in the Southern District of New York voided the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Final Conscience Rule (“Conscience Rule”) set to take effect November 22, 2019.[1] In its ruling, the Court vacated the Conscience Rule in its entirety nationwide. A federal judge sitting... READ MORE

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Failure to Encrypt Hardware Results in $3 Million Fine

[11/07/19]

Posted on November 7, 2019 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

On November 5, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that a New York Medical Center (“Medical Center”) will settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) by paying a civil penalty of $3 million and entering into a Corrective Action... READ MORE

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