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Year: 2019

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

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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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Skilled Nursing Licensure Update: Changes to Kansas Skilled Nursing Change of Ownership Law

[11/06/19]

Posted on November 6, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On April 22, 2019, Governor Laura Kelly approved Kansas Senate Bill 15 (the “New Law”) into law. The New Law contains several changes to the Kansas change of ownership provision in the Kansas Adult Care Home Licensure Act (“Act”) and was effective May 9, 2019. Changes to Kansas’ Skilled Nursing Change of Ownership (“CHOW”)... READ MORE

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Congress Once Again Trying to CONNECT on Telehealth

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Posted on November 6, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On October 30, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (“CONNECT”) for Health Act (S. 2741/ H.R. 4932). This legislation is intended to remove roadblocks to telehealth expansion in Medicare by giving providers the freedom to use alternative payment models and incentive programs, reducing... READ MORE

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Attention Nonresident Alaska Pharmacies, Distributors and 3PLs: State Implements New Nonresident Licensing Classifications and Prescription Requirements for Controlled Substances

[11/01/19]

Posted on November 1, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Pharmacies, distributors and third-party logistics providers (“3PLs”) that ship prescription drugs into Alaska should take careful note of the new Alaska Board of Pharmacy regulations that took effect on October 31, 2019.[1] Among other elements, the rules: 1) now require licensure of nonresident wholesale drug distributors (“WDDs”), 3PLs and outsourcing facilities (“OFs”) to ship, mail... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 1, 2019

[11/01/19]

Posted on November 1, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Talk Is Cheap: Funding Negotiations Stall as Spending Deadline Approaches This week, the Senate had planned to begin deliberations on a legislative package that includes funding for the Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal year (“FY”) 2020. However, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered the motion needed to begin the debate,... READ MORE

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