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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 21, 2018

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Posted on September 21, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Hospitals Release Voluntary 340B Principles as Alternative to Legislation The battle over 340B continued this week as hospital groups announced a new voluntary 340B reporting program as an alternative to congressional legislation that would further regulate the program. Under the American Hospital Association-led initiative, hospitals would commit to publicly disclosing their 340B savings annually.... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 14, 2018

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Posted on September 14, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

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Senate and House Appropriators Nail Down HHS Funding Bill On September 13, a conference committee of House and Senate appropriators finalized details of the fiscal year 2019 Health and Human Services (“HHS”) spending bill, H.R. 6157, which was combined with legislation to fund the Department of Defense. The conference agreement paves a path for... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – CMS Issues Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule

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Posted on August 3, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

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This Week in Washington joined the House on its August break but has provided a news update to address CMS finalizing its Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule. On August 2, CMS finalized its Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule for fiscal year (“FY”) 2019. The final rule updates Medicare payment policies... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 27, 2018

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Posted on July 27, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

CMS Releases Proposed Outpatient Pay Rule On July 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued the Medicare hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (“ASC”) proposed rule for Calendar Year 2019, which contains an annual payment rate increase of 1.25 percent. Most significantly, the proposed rule would expand the... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 20, 2018

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Posted on July 20, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Ways and Means Subcommittee Explores Modernizing Stark Law On July 17, the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on modernizing the Stark Law. Government and industry witnesses shared concerns about the inhibiting effect of the Stark Law on innovative payment models and value-based care. Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL)... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 22, 2018

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Posted on June 22, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

CMS Issues RFI for Stark Law On June 20, CMS released a request for information (“RFI”) seeking feedback on ways to improve the Stark Law, which limits how doctors can refer patients to businesses in which they have a financial interest. Largely seen as a barrier to value-based care arrangements, the agency is asking for information... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 15, 2018

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Posted on June 15, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate and House Work to Combat the Opioid Crisis On June 13, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 8, 2018

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Posted on June 8, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

More Changes Ahead for 340B The Human Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) released a final rule delaying the effective date of implementation and enforcement of the previously issued final rule implementing the 340B Drug Discount Program. The delayed rule, which was originally published on January 5, 2017, established the methodology for calculating the 340B... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – May 25, 2018

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Posted on May 25, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

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Senate, House Health Committees Examine GME Program On May 22, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee held a hearing on the graduate medical education (“GME”) program. Republican members raised concerns over the current GME program, alleging there are inequities in the distribution of residency slots and asking whether training should be... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – May 11, 2018

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Posted on May 11, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Trump Administration Proposes Cost-Cutting Package On May 8, the Trump administration proposed an extensive packing of $15.4 billion spending cuts. The administration seeks to cut funds from 38 programs that “are just sitting in accounts” and not being used. Almost half of the proposed cuts, $6.96 billion, would come from the Children’s Health Insurance... READ MORE