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2020 Non-Monetary Compensation to Physicians (And Chance to Review 2019)

[12/23/19]

Posted on December 23, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Under the federal Stark Law, hospitals may provide non-monetary compensation to physicians up to an aggregate amount of $423 for calendar year 2020. The dollar limit for “medical staff incidental benefits” (e.g., meals, parking and other items or incidental services that are used on the hospital’s campus) is less than $36 per occurrence. Other... READ MORE

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CMS Announces Post-Acute Priorities for 2020 – Final Regulations, State Operation Manual Updates, Home Health and Hospice Survey Process Revisions

[12/20/19]

Posted on December 20, 2019 in Health Law News, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On December 11, 2019, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum to State Survey Agency Directors entitled “Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Mission & Priority document (MPD) – Action” (“FY 2020 Memo”) that announced its work and intentions for the fiscal... READ MORE

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EEOC Reverses 22-Year-Old Policy on Binding Arbitration of Discrimination Disputes

[12/20/19]

Posted on December 20, 2019 in Health Law News, HR Insights for Health Care, Litigation Analysis

Published by: Hall Render

This week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) rescinded a nearly 22-year-old policy opposing mandatory arbitration agreements in employment discrimination disputes imposed as a condition of employment. The 1997 Policy In 1997, the EEOC took the position that “agreements that mandate binding arbitration of discrimination claims as a condition of employment are contrary to... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – December 20, 2019

[12/20/19]

Posted on December 20, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Where the AMA stands on 7 of the year’s biggest health care issues Why digital health has been such a disappointment, and how to change that 106 hospitals, health systems that launched telehealth services in 2019 64 hospitals that planned, opened or broke ground on ASCs in 2019 CMS to Repay Site-Neutral Payments... READ MORE

Health Provider News – December 13, 2019

[12/13/19]

Posted on December 13, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL CMS Administrator Seema Verma scoffs at hospital execs’ arguments against transparency Hospital employed physicians see 7% drop in compensation for 2018: 14 statistics to know Physician Compensation Programs Move Toward Value-Based Pay Standalone hospitals in the M&A era: 3 CFOs to watch Optum’s ‘city by city’ healthcare strategy 3 ASC leaders forecast 2020... READ MORE

DOJ Probe of Pharmaceutical Companies Implicates Patient Assistance Programs

[12/10/19]

Posted on December 10, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that 3 charities will pay a total of $10 million to settle claims that the charities operated as conduits for illegal kickbacks to pharmaceutical companies. The industry-wide probe also implicated several pharmaceutical companies that, according to the DOJ, improperly used charitable foundations as a way to... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – December 6, 2019

[12/06/19]

Posted on December 6, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL 8 major CMS changes to take effect in 2020 2 physician payment model advisers abruptly resign from MACRA committee 8 hospital construction projects worth $1B or more in 2019 Mandatory CMS radiation oncology model goes on the backburner More than 600 hospitals sue over Medicare payment reductions 7 hospitals across 4 states will... READ MORE

Indiana Supreme Court Erases Courts’ Ability to Add Reasonable Terms to Agreements

[12/05/19]

Posted on December 5, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Recently, the Indiana Supreme Court clarified the judiciary’s inability to add terms to an impermissibly broad nonsolicitation agreement, even if specifically requested in the agreement itself. Background When the terms of a noncompetition or nonsolicitation agreement are disputed, parties often ask courts to determine whether the terms are reasonable. Indiana courts administer this task... READ MORE

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An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure: How to Ensure Attorney-Client Communications Remain Protected During a Health Care Transaction

[12/03/19]

Posted on December 3, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

When an entity merges with or acquires another business, the parties to the transaction face a variety of issues. When attempting to sort out some of the more-dominant deal points (e.g., ever-changing regulatory requirements, successful employee integration, preferred methods of financing, etc.), many entities inadvertently overlook other details that, despite being seemingly routine, could... READ MORE

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Indiana Tax Court Denies Property Tax Exemption of Off-Campus Medical Office Building

[12/03/19]

Posted on December 3, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

An Indiana hospital owns a medical building in Newburgh, Warrick County, Indiana (the “Property”) by way of a wholly-owned subsidiary that is an Indiana nonprofit corporation (the “Applicant”). The Applicant leases parts of the Property to its affiliates for the delivery of health care services. For the 2014 and 2015 tax years, the Warrick... READ MORE

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