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

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Posted on November 8, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

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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

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

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Posted on November 1, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

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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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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – October 25, 2019

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Posted on October 25, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Funding Bills Still in Limbo as Deadline Approaches Congress is rapidly approaching another deadline to fund the government. The government is slated to shut down in 27 days on November 21 when the latest stopgap funding measure expires. There are just 12 legislative days for Congress to be in session between now and then,... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – October 18, 2019

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Posted on October 18, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

House Committees Advance Pelosi Drug Plan Thursday was a busy day in Washington as the lower chamber tackled drug pricing legislation. The House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced (30-22) an updated version (H.R. 3) of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug pricing reform package and the House Education and Labor Committee also passed it on... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 27, 2019

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Posted on September 27, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Another Band-Aid: Congress Clears Continuing Resolution to Avoid Shutdown On Thursday, the Senate cleared legislation (H.R. 4378) by a vote of 82-15 to fund federal agencies and extend several health care-related programs through November 21. The vote on the continuing resolution followed House approval of the measure, which overwhelmingly passed the measure last week.... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – September 20, 2019

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Posted on September 20, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

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House Passes Temporary DSH Cut Delay, Health Care Extenders On September 19, the House passed a stopgap spending measure (H.R. 4378) in an effort to avoid another government shutdown. The health care extenders included in the measure will run through November 21 as lawmakers continue negotiations on a broader package to fund the government.... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week In Washington – September 13, 2019

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Posted on September 13, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Back in Action: What Are the Health Care Priorities as Congress Returns from Recess? Congress returned on Monday from August recess with a full agenda on health care. Lawmakers are poised to address several health care-related issues, including surprise medical billing, prescription drug costs and FY 2020 appropriations for the final legislative push before... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 26, 2019

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Posted on July 26, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Finance Committee Releases Drug Pricing Reform Package On July 25, the Senate Finance Committee advanced their comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid drug payment reform legislation. The bill now heads to the full Senate floor. A day earlier, Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) and ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) released the text of the chairman’s mark... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 19, 2019

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Posted on July 19, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Surprise Billing Debate Continues: Legislation Passes House E&C Committee The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation (H.R. 2328) to protect patients from surprise medical bills. The measure would block providers from charging out-of-network rates to patients in certain emergency situations or when a patient unexpectedly receives out-of-network care at an in-network facility and... READ MORE

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