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CMS Publishes the Final Physician Payment Sunshine Rule

[02/20/13]

Posted on February 20, 2013 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This article is Part I in a five-part series discussing the federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act.  This first installment provides an overview of the major sections of the Sunshine Act and CMS’s implementing rule, with a focus on issues of importance to health product manufacturers and entities sharing an ownership structure with manufacturers.  Part... READ MORE

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FTC Approves Norman PHO Clinical Integration Program

[02/20/13]

Posted on February 20, 2013 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On February 13, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an advisory opinion approving Norman PHO’s proposed “clinically integrated” network after a review process that took roughly a year and nine months (“Norman PHO Advisory Opinion”).  This is the FTC’s latest advisory opinion discussing the merits of clinical integration programs from an antitrust perspective... READ MORE

CMS Proposes Changes Affecting Rural Health Care Providers

[02/19/13]

Posted on February 19, 2013 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This article is Part III in a series discussing the proposed rule to revise certain Conditions of Participation, Conditions for Coverage and regulations under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1998 published on February 7, 2013. This final installment provides an overview of the changes applicable to rural health care providers, including critical access... READ MORE

The HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule’s Impact on an Individual’s Rights to Access Electronically Maintained PHI

[02/19/13]

Posted on February 19, 2013 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) formally published its Omnibus Final Rule (“Final Rule”), which includes modifications to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”).  Because the Final Rule covers... READ MORE

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CMS Proposes Additional Changes to Promote Flexibility and Reduce Burdens on Hospitals

[02/14/13]

Posted on February 14, 2013 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This article is Part II in a series discussing the proposed rule to revise certain Conditions of Participation, Conditions for Coverage and regulations under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1998 published on February 7, 2013. This second installment provides an overview of the changes applicable to hospitals. Part I addressed changes applicable to... READ MORE

Allina Health DSH Case Implications: DSH Payments and 340B Eligibility

[02/14/13]

Posted on February 14, 2013 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Executive Summary On November 15, 2012, the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia issued a decision favorably impacting disproportionate share hospital (“DSH”) patient percentage (“DPP”) calculations.  If this decision is upheld on appeal, Medicare Advantage days may be removed from the SSI/Medicare Fraction (defined below) of the DPP calculation, thereby typically increasing... READ MORE

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The HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule’s Impact on an Individual’s Rights to Request Restrictions When Paying Out-of-Pocket

[02/14/13]

Posted on February 14, 2013 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) formally published its Omnibus Final Rule (“Final Rule”), which includes modifications to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”).  Because the Final Rule covers... READ MORE

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CMS Proposes Additional Changes to Regulations Impacting CLIA Certified Laboratories, ASCs, Long-Term Care Facilities and ICF/IIDs

[02/13/13]

Posted on February 13, 2013 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This article is Part I in a series discussing the proposed rule to revise certain Conditions of Participation, Conditions for Coverage and regulations under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1998 published on February 7, 2013. This first installment provides an overview of the changes applicable to CLIA certified laboratories and several other changes applicable... READ MORE

HITECH Final Rule – Implementation of GINA

[02/12/13]

Posted on February 12, 2013 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 25, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) formally published its Omnibus Final Rule (“Final Rule”), which includes modifications to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”).  Because the Final Rule covers... READ MORE

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