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Year: 2019

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 20, 2019

[09/20/19]

Posted on September 20, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

House Passes Temporary DSH Cut Delay, Health Care Extenders On September 19, the House passed a stopgap spending measure (H.R. 4378) in an effort to avoid another government shutdown. The health care extenders included in the measure will run through November 21 as lawmakers continue negotiations on a broader package to fund the government.... READ MORE

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What’s in Store for the CCBHC Pilot Program? Congress Hastens to Fund Program that Expands Access to Behavioral Health and Addiction Services

[09/20/19]

Posted on September 20, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

When it comes to behavioral health, which is hugely important in the current era of the opioid crisis and the renewed—and much needed—focus on expanded access to care, Hall Render knows the territory. For example, a few of our more recent behavioral health articles covered updated guidance issued by SAMHSA (those articles can be... READ MORE

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New DOJ Guidance for Antitrust Compliance Programs: Why Health Care Entities Need Antitrust Focus

[09/20/19]

Posted on September 20, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On July 11, 2019, the Antitrust Division of the DOJ (“Division”) announced a new initiative aimed at encouraging robust corporate antitrust compliance programs. The Division’s initiative incentivizes compliance programs by establishing that firms charged criminally for antitrust violations will be given credit in charging and sentencing recommendations if they have effective corporate antitrust compliance... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – September 20, 2019

[09/20/19]

Posted on September 20, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Approaching an EHR customization: Key thoughts from 3 clinical informatics execs AHA report: 3 shifts providers must make to embrace digital health 6 hospital mergers called off in past year Healthcare consultancy with offices in 10 states files for bankruptcy EHR-integrated patient texting helps clinic boost patient capacity 68% to 89% Report: 3... READ MORE

Hospitals Win Battle Over Site-Neutral Pay Cuts

[09/18/19]

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

CMS was dealt a blow from the D.C. District Court on September 17, 2019 when the court determined the agency’s “site neutral” payment policy in the CY 2019 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) Final Rule exceeded its statutory authority to adjust payments under the OPPS. Refusing to accept the government’s argument that the plaintiffs... READ MORE

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Webinar Preview: Analyzing 2018 Anti-Kickback Compliance Settlements Involving Real Estate Arrangements

[09/18/19]

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) often release information about compliance settlements under the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”), including both the settlement value and the subject arrangement. The most recent data from 2018 shows several of these settlements arose from real estate arrangements and some involved millions of dollars... READ MORE

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From Health Care to Spiritual Care: A Case Study on the Role Churches Can Play in Health Care Adaptive Reuse Projects

[09/18/19]

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

For almost a decade, the Binford Medical-Professional Office Complex, a medical office building and immediate care center located on the northeast side of Indianapolis, Indiana, has sat vacant, creating an eyesore and reminding local residents of the potential health care option that could have been. Once known for its unrealized opportunity, the facility now... READ MORE

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CMS’s Reach May Be Limited in Bankruptcy Proceedings

[09/17/19]

Posted on September 17, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware analyzed whether CMS could suspend payments to a health care organization once the organization seeks bankruptcy court protection. The question centered on whether such payments are considered estate property within the scope of the automatic stay rule, 11 U.S.C. § 362. This case highlights the limits... READ MORE

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Can Individuals and Hospitals Sue Wrongdoers Under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act?

[09/17/19]

Posted on September 17, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In a recent Sixth Circuit decision,[1] the Court concluded that an individual Medicare beneficiary, who had successfully sued a tortfeasor for personal injuries he suffered, did not have the right to bring a cause of action under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (“MSPA”).[2] In effect, the Court concluded that the MSPA did not provide rights... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week In Washington – September 13, 2019

[09/13/19]

Posted on September 13, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Back in Action: What Are the Health Care Priorities as Congress Returns from Recess? Congress returned on Monday from August recess with a full agenda on health care. Lawmakers are poised to address several health care-related issues, including surprise medical billing, prescription drug costs and FY 2020 appropriations for the final legislative push before... READ MORE

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