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Hall Render’s The Week in Washington – February 24, 2020

[02/24/20]

Posted on February 24, 2020 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress returns this week after its President’s Day district work period. HHS Secretary Azar is testifying before four different congressional committees on the administration’s Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2021 budget request. Also, the White House is expected to submit a formal request for emergency funding for the Coronavirus. The funding is unlikely to become a... READ MORE

Hall Render’s The Week in Washington – February 10, 2020

[02/10/20]

Posted on February 10, 2020 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Surprise Billing Bonanza in the House On February 7, two House panels released measures aimed at fixing surprise medical bills. The House Ways and Means Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee plan to vote on their bills this week. Lawmakers are trying to move quickly as they hope to include surprise billing... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s The Week in Washington – February 3, 2020

[02/03/20]

Posted on February 3, 2020 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Surprise Billing Continues to Be Hot as More Committees Weigh In The House Ways & Means Committee plans to release its surprise billing legislation this week in preparation for a markup on February 12. The Ways and Means proposal will rely on arbitration for resolving out of network claims and will have to be... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s The Week in Washington – January 27, 2020

[01/27/20]

Posted on January 27, 2020 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Coming This Week: CMS to Release Medicaid Block Grant Plan Expected on Thursday, CMS will announce a plan to overhaul Medicaid by letting states shift certain program funding to block grants. CMS Administrator Seema Verma has been very passionate about implementing a block grant option, as she said this was the pathway to give... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s The Week in Washington – January 13, 2020

[01/13/20]

Posted on January 13, 2020 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Welcome to the new The Week in Washington! This newsletter will publish on Monday to review the past week’s news for Congress and the administration, as well as provide a preview for the upcoming week. Health Care on the Hill – What to Expect in 2020 Since 2020 is an election year, Congress traditionally... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 13, 2019

[12/13/19]

Posted on December 13, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Give and Take: CMS Announces Repayment for 2019 Site-Neutral Cuts Yet Announces Same Cuts for 2020 This week, CMS announced that any hospital paid a lower amount for a routine clinic visit in 2019 due to implementation of the site-neutral payment policy will automatically be paid the difference from the older, higher amount. CMS... READ MORE

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

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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

[12/09/19]

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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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 22, 2019

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Posted on November 22, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Passage of Temporary Funding Bill Ends Potential Shutdown Just hours before the previous short-term agreement was set to expire on November 21, President Trump signed a bill funding the government through December 20. This measure gives Congress four additional weeks to reach a consensus on how to fund the government in FY 2020. The... READ MORE

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

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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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