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The Price May Not Be Right, But It Will Be Public: CMS Finalizes Price Transparency Rule Requiring Hospitals to Publish Payer-Specific Rates

[11/18/19]

Posted on November 18, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 15, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the final rule on Price Transparency Requirements for Hospitals to Make Standard Charges Public (“Final Rule”) (available here). Despite broad opposition from the industry, CMS finalized the rule largely as proposed. CMS did delay the effective date until January 1, 2021,... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – November 15, 2019

[11/15/19]

Posted on November 15, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL FDA proposal for medical device approvals a ‘terrible idea,’ advocacy group says Why hospitals are a weak spot in U.S. cybersecurity Here’s how Amazon employees get health care through a new app — a glimpse of the future of medicine Consolidation of physician practices linked to ACOs, study finds OIG: Hospitals overbilled Medicare... READ MORE

Publicly Available ePHI Leads to $1.6 Million Fine

[11/08/19]

Posted on November 8, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 7, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that a Texas state agency (“State Agency”) will pay a penalty of $1,600,000 for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule and Security Rule. According to the Notice of... READ MORE

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Key Takeaways from 2020 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule

[11/08/19]

Posted on November 8, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its final rule for the Calendar Year (“CY”) 2020 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“Final Rule”). Among many other changes, CMS finalized three key payment policy updates impacting hospital outpatient departments, including: (1) reducing payments for clinic visits at off-campus provider-based departments (“PBDs”);... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – November 8, 2019

[11/08/19]

Posted on November 8, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL CMS releases final site neutral and other payment rules CMS will pay $1.9 billion to hospitals in value-based payments for inpatient care A nationwide doctor shortage is looming. Rural areas will take the hardest hit. Cybersecurity, telehealth bills likely to stall in Congress, CHIME officials say Avoid the bright, shiny objects in health... READ MORE

Federal Judges Vacate Conscience Rule Nationwide

[11/07/19]

Posted on November 7, 2019 in Health Law News, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On November 6, 2019, a federal judge sitting in the Southern District of New York voided the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Final Conscience Rule (“Conscience Rule”) set to take effect November 22, 2019.[1] In its ruling, the Court vacated the Conscience Rule in its entirety nationwide. A federal judge sitting... READ MORE

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Congress Once Again Trying to CONNECT on Telehealth

[11/06/19]

Posted on November 6, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On October 30, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (“CONNECT”) for Health Act (S. 2741/ H.R. 4932). This legislation is intended to remove roadblocks to telehealth expansion in Medicare by giving providers the freedom to use alternative payment models and incentive programs, reducing... READ MORE

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Attention Nonresident Alaska Pharmacies, Distributors and 3PLs: State Implements New Nonresident Licensing Classifications and Prescription Requirements for Controlled Substances

[11/01/19]

Posted on November 1, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Pharmacies, distributors and third-party logistics providers (“3PLs”) that ship prescription drugs into Alaska should take careful note of the new Alaska Board of Pharmacy regulations that took effect on October 31, 2019.[1] Among other elements, the rules: 1) now require licensure of nonresident wholesale drug distributors (“WDDs”), 3PLs and outsourcing facilities (“OFs”) to ship, mail... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – November 1, 2019

[11/01/19]

Posted on November 1, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Hospitals enter opioid litigation, sue drugmakers for cost of treating addiction Could Amazon be the next national telehealth player? Payments to high financial risk APMs slightly increased in 2018 compared to 2017: survey Healthcare Purchasing Strategies: How 2 Employers Are Driving Referrals Through RAND Hospital Price Transparency Findings Wave of deals expected as... READ MORE

Homeopathic Products Manufacturers Beware – FDA Steps Up Plans for New Enforcement Regime

[10/25/19]

Posted on October 25, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The centuries-old practice of homeopathic medicine, which has been the subject of much controversy and debate for nearly the entire length of its existence, may finally be going to the mat with the Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”). Amidst growth in the homeopathic products industry and associated concerns with their safety, efficacy and quality,... READ MORE

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