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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – October 5, 2012

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Posted on October 5, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Hall Render Discusses Health Law Reform on Capitol Hill As part of ongoing initiatives to persuade Congress to reform the Stark Law and remove fraud and abuse law barriers that hinder the expansion of telemedicine, Hall Render attorneys recently conducted another round of meetings with congressional staff on Capitol Hill, including House Energy and... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – September 28, 2012

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Posted on September 28, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Administration Warns Hospitals on Gaming EHR System On September 24, HHS Secretary Sebelius and Attorney General Holder sent a joint letter to the five major hospital trade associations warning against using electronic health records (“EHRs”) to artificially inflate Medicare and Medicaid payments. READ MORE

This Week in Washington – September 21, 2012

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Posted on September 21, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Mark McClellan and Hall Render Discuss the Future of  Health Care Reform On Thursday, former CMS Director Mark McClellan met with Hall Render attorneys for a discussion on the future of health care reform in the United States.  Mr. McClellan, who also served as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration under President George... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – September 14, 2012

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Posted on September 14, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

White House Set to Release Sequestration Report On September 14, the White House was set to release a report detailing how funding for federal programs would be cut were sequestration to go forward on January 2, 2013.  However, as of press time, it had not been released.  The report was statutorily required under the Sequestration... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – September 7, 2012

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Posted on September 7, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

MedPAC Debates Hospital Readmissions; Necessity of Geographic Adjustments for Physicians On September 6-7, Congress’s Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC”) held a meeting to discuss the hospital readmissions policy as well as the necessity of geographic adjustments for physicians. The MedPAC findings stated the readmissions policy is headed in the right direction but could be refined through maintaining... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – August 31, 2012

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Posted on August 31, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Hall Render Meets with Stark Staff on Stark Law Reform Hall Render attorneys Gregg Wallander, John Williams and Andrew Coats met with several congressional staff members this week to discuss changes to the penalty provisions of the Stark Law.  Those meetings included discussions with staff from the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – August 3, 2012

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Posted on August 3, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

CMS Issues FY 2013 Hospital Payment Rule On August 1, CMS issued the final rule for hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“IPPS”) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (“LTCH”).  The FY 2013 payment rates to general acute care hospitals will increase by approximately 2.3% and by 1.7% for all LTCHs, which... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – July 27, 2012

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Posted on July 27, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Rep. Boustany Introduces Bill to Allow Physician Incentive Payments Meets with Hall Render to Discuss Stark Law Reform On Wednesday, Rep. Charles Boustany, M.D. (R-LA), a retired cardiovascular surgeon, introduced the Aligning Incentives for Better Patient Care Act of 2012 (H.R. 6176), which was co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA).  The bill would revise the... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – July 20, 2012

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Posted on July 20, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

Chairman Camp Tells Hall Render Stark Law Reform Still Possible This Year In a conversation held on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) told Hall Render Federal Legislative and Regulatory Affairs attorney John Williams that health care fraud and abuse law reform is not completely off the... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – July 13, 2012

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Posted on July 13, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

The DSH Dilemma In a letter sent to governors this week, Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made clear  the Obama Administration still intends to cut Disproportionate Share Hospital (“DSH”) funding despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that allows states to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) Medicaid expansion requirement.  What is... READ MORE