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Hall Render’s The Week in Washington – March 16, 2020

[03/16/20]

Posted on March 16, 2020 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

President Trump Issues Federal Emergency Declaration President Trump issued a federal emergency declaration on Friday, freeing up $50 billion in additional funding to help combat the virus. The president’s declaration will give the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) the authority to waive certain regulations and laws in an effort to deliver care... READ MORE

Hall Render’s The Week in Washington – March 9, 2020

[03/09/20]

Posted on March 9, 2020 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

HHS Releases Finalized Interoperability Rules The long-awaited final rules from CMS and HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) were released this morning. The agencies unveiled final versions of companion interoperability and information-blocking proposals. The ONC rule implements Conditions and Maintenance of Certification requirements for health information technology developers. The... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s The Week in Washington – March 2, 2020

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Posted on March 2, 2020 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear ACA Validity Case Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a third major Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) case. The Court will consider whether a legislative change to the ACA’s individual mandate rendered the landmark law unconstitutional. Learn more from a recent Hall Render article here. By granting petitions from... READ MORE

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

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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

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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

[12/09/19]

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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