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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – May 24, 2019

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Posted on May 24, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

HELP Committee Leaders Release Draft Bill Targeting Health Care Priorities Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (“HELP”) committee leaders Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) released a wide-ranging draft bill addressing health care issues such as surprise medical billing, prescription drug costs and urgent public health concerns. The proposal is separated into... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – May 10, 2019

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Posted on May 10, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Addressing “Surprise” Medical Bills High Priority for Administration and Congress Yesterday, President Trump held an address at the White House where he emphasized that Congress should act to “hold insurance companies and hospitals totally accountable” for surprise medical bills. A surprise medical bill, more commonly known as balance billing, occurs when patients, through no... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – April 12, 2019

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Posted on April 12, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congressional Leaders Discuss Health Care Priorities Congress’ top leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), announced they are not embracing “Medicare for All” as a priority at the American Hospital Association’s annual Washington conference. Both leaders reinforced that each chamber will pursue largely separate health care agendas in... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – April 5, 2019

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Posted on April 5, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Health Cost Reduction Package Slated for Summer Release Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee, said he plans to move a wide-ranging legislative package through his panel seeking to curb health care costs. Sen. Alexander, along with HELP ranking member... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – March 29, 2019

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Posted on March 29, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Conversation Shifts Back to Health Care in Washington Health care became a major discussion point for lawmakers after this week started with the Trump administration’s declaration that it supports a federal judge’s ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) should be thrown out. This signals a shift in the Justice Department’s prior position... READ MORE

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

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Posted on March 15, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Presidential Budget for 2020 Proposes Major Health Care Cuts President Trump released his administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget this week. While this proposal stands little chance of being implemented in its entirety, it is a good indicator of where the administration’s priorities stand for the next year, and some of the provisions, especially those... READ MORE

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

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Posted on March 8, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Tackles Health-Related Issues in Multiple Hearings This Week Congress looked at many health policy issues in a week jam-packed with hearings. Continuing Congress’s probe into drug pricing, the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing on promoting competition to lower Medicare prescription drug costs. While lawmakers questioned whether the drug industry... READ MORE

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

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Posted on March 1, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

House Democrats Unveil Single-Payor Legislation House Democrats introduced sweeping “Medicare for All” legislation, providing the most detailed plan to overhaul the current health care system by enrolling all U.S. residents in a single-payor, government-run health plan. It would cover a more expansive set of benefits than the current Medicare program and restructure payment for... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – March 1, 2019

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Posted on March 1, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL CMS paid $84M for nursing home services that didn’t meet Medicare rule, audit finds S. judge will not block Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health venture’s new hire Senate Inquiry On Drug Prices Echoes Landmark Hearings Held 60 Years Ago Physician burnout rate drops 10.5 points after spike The metrics healthcare leaders check daily Amazon exec says... READ MORE

Health Provider News – February 22, 2019

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Posted on February 22, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

 NATIONAL HHS launches payment model for ambulance providers Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER Healthcare billing fraud: 8 latest settlements 3 revenue cycle leaders on their hospital’s biggest concern now that standard charges are public 4 strategies for keeping your millennial healthcare workers Rural hospitals face widespread closures CMS can... READ MORE