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Possible Rural Health Clinic Deeming Authority on the Horizon – Comments Requested

[11/08/11]

Posted on November 8, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On October 28, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a Federal Register notice to inform the public that an application for Rural Health Clinic (“RHC”) deeming authority was submitted by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (“AAAASF”).  If approved, AAAASF, in addition to CMS, will be able... READ MORE

No-Fault Attendance Policies – Now a Problem in Unemployment Cases

[11/03/11]

Posted on November 3, 2011 in Health Law News

Written by: Stephen W. Lyman

On November 1, 2011, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued a decision that will have an impact on all Indiana employers that have No-Fault attendance policies.  In particular, in the unemployment compensation setting, an employee will not be found to have been discharged for “just cause” (and therefore disqualified from receiving benefits) if the discharge was... READ MORE

Common Employer Handbook Policies Are Challenged by the NLRB

[11/02/11]

Posted on November 2, 2011 in Health Law News

Written by: Stephen W. Lyman

One of the most interesting recent developments is the NLRB’s focus on private employer polices that restrict employees on what they can say about their company and the people who work for it. Last month, an Administrative Law Judge for the NLRB ruled that an employer’s policies on “Courtesy,” “Unauthorized Interviews” and “Outside Inquiries... READ MORE

CMS Proposes Broad Revisions to the Hospital/CAH CoPs: Welcome Relaxation of Select Rules Just Around the Corner

[10/24/11]

Posted on October 24, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Executive Summary. On October 24, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) to revise a number of hospital and critical access hospital (“CAH”) conditions of participation (“CoPs”).  The revisions would implement the President’s Executive Order 13563 calling for the removal or revision of obsolete, duplicative or... READ MORE

Breaking News: CMS Issues Its Final Rule for Accountable Care Organizations

[10/21/11]

Posted on October 21, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This installment of Hall Render’s Health Law Broadcast series on health care reform is designed to provide you with the insight, analysis and practical suggestions with respect to the various reform initiatives that will affect your organization.  “WE HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT MODIFICATIONS TO REDUCE THE BURDEN AND COST FOR PARTICIPATING ACOs”1 Background Introduction.  On... READ MORE

ACO Final Regulations Are Here!

[10/20/11]

Posted on October 20, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This installment of Hall Render’s Health Law Broadcast series on health care reform is designed to provide you with the insight, analysis and practical suggestions with respect to the various reform initiatives that will affect your organization.  The very much anticipated final regulations for the new Shared Savings Program under Section 3022 of the Affordable... READ MORE

PRRB Rules in Favor of Hospitals on Two Wage Index Issues

[10/13/11]

Posted on October 13, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On October 6, 2011, the Provider Reimbursement Review Board released Decision No. 2012-D1 ruling on two issues related to proper calculation of “total paid hours” when calculating the wage index for hospitals in Cincinnati and rural Iowa.  Both issues related to hour recorded as paid by the hospitals but not actually worked by employees. ... READ MORE