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Year: 2019

Health Provider News – December 13, 2019


Posted on December 13, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL CMS Administrator Seema Verma scoffs at hospital execs’ arguments against transparency Hospital employed physicians see 7% drop in compensation for 2018: 14 statistics to know Physician Compensation Programs Move Toward Value-Based Pay Standalone hospitals in the M&A era: 3 CFOs to watch Optum’s ‘city by city’ healthcare strategy 3 ASC leaders forecast 2020... READ MORE

Victoire Iradukunda Joins Hall Render


Posted on December 11, 2019 in Firm News

Published by: Hall Render

Hall Render is pleased to announce Victoire Iradukunda has joined the firm in its Indianapolis office. Victoire Iradukunda devotes her practice to health law with a focus on transactional matters. Victoire advises clients in a variety of transactional arrangements, including corporate transactions, physician alignment and physician integration matters. Victoire received her B.S. from Indiana... READ MORE

DOJ Probe of Pharmaceutical Companies Implicates Patient Assistance Programs


Posted on December 10, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that 3 charities will pay a total of $10 million to settle claims that the charities operated as conduits for illegal kickbacks to pharmaceutical companies. The industry-wide probe also implicated several pharmaceutical companies that, according to the DOJ, improperly used charitable foundations as a way to... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 9, 2019


Posted on December 9, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

House and Senate Panels Announce Surprise Billing Fix On December 8, leaders from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (“HELP”) and House Energy and Commerce committees announced an agreement on surprise billing legislation. The proposal is intended to end surprise billing of patients by creating a new system of dispute resolution that includes... READ MORE

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Fifth Time’s the Charm? CCBHC Funding Temporarily Extended Again


Posted on December 9, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

For the fifth time, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (“CCBHCs”) have received a short-term funding extension with Congress’ last-minute passage of a temporary government-wide spending bill. Funding for CCBHCs in this extension runs through December 20, 2019. This measure was signed into law late on November 21, just in the nick of time as... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – December 6, 2019


Posted on December 6, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL 8 major CMS changes to take effect in 2020 2 physician payment model advisers abruptly resign from MACRA committee 8 hospital construction projects worth $1B or more in 2019 Mandatory CMS radiation oncology model goes on the backburner More than 600 hospitals sue over Medicare payment reductions 7 hospitals across 4 states will... READ MORE

Indiana Supreme Court Erases Courts’ Ability to Add Reasonable Terms to Agreements


Posted on December 5, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Recently, the Indiana Supreme Court clarified the judiciary’s inability to add terms to an impermissibly broad nonsolicitation agreement, even if specifically requested in the agreement itself. Background When the terms of a noncompetition or nonsolicitation agreement are disputed, parties often ask courts to determine whether the terms are reasonable. Indiana courts administer this task... READ MORE

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Ntracts Adds Health Care Contract Lifecycle Management Execs to Leadership Team


Posted on December 4, 2019 in Firm News

Published by: Hall Render

Ntracts has formally announced the appointments of David Paschall, John Riley and Rebekah Sharpe as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Operating Officer, respectively. The trio will join existing Ntracts executives John Shane, President, and Jeff Wittman, Chief Financial Officer, on the health care contract management software company’s senior leadership team. In 1987, Hall... READ MORE

Failure to Properly Assess Breach Risk Results in $2.175 Million Fine to Affiliated Covered Entity


Posted on December 3, 2019 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

On November 27, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that an Affiliated Covered Entity made up of 10 hospital covered entities (“ACE Organization”) will pay a penalty of $2.175 million and enter into a two-year Corrective Action Plan (“CAP”) to settle potential violations of the Health... READ MORE

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An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure: How to Ensure Attorney-Client Communications Remain Protected During a Health Care Transaction


Posted on December 3, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

When an entity merges with or acquires another business, the parties to the transaction face a variety of issues. When attempting to sort out some of the more-dominant deal points (e.g., ever-changing regulatory requirements, successful employee integration, preferred methods of financing, etc.), many entities inadvertently overlook other details that, despite being seemingly routine, could... READ MORE

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