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Creditors or Debt Collectors: Hospitals’ Potential Liability Under FDCPA

[10/01/19]

Posted on October 1, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On September 4, 2019, a Florida district court rendered a decision that could pose significant compliance concerns for health care entities engaging in debt collection practices under the name of their billing or financial services department. In Smith v. University Community Hospital, Inc. d/b/a Florida Hospital Carrollwood,[1] the court denied a hospital’s motion for... READ MORE

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What’s in Store for the CCBHC Pilot Program? Congress Hastens to Fund Program that Expands Access to Behavioral Health and Addiction Services (Part 2)

[09/27/19]

Posted on September 27, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In last week’s article, which can be found here, we provided an overview of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (“CCBHC”) pilot program and described the funding challenges that the program has experienced. We noted that the stakes are high and that Congress seems to recognize as much. So, what does the future hold... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – September 27, 2019

[09/27/19]

Posted on September 27, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL The doctor will see you now (no matter what time it is) Pharmacy deserts are a growing problem A look at the different ways in which HIPAA is enforced Amazon Care: 5 things to know about Amazon’s new virtual medical clinic How HHS is innovating data aggregation and visualization to boost pop health... READ MORE

Five Considerations for Developing an Effective Health Care Real Estate Compliance Program

[09/24/19]

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The health care industry is an exceedingly complex and ever-changing arena. Federal and state governments have enacted a multitude of statutes and regulations to protect against perceived fraudulent and abusive behaviors by hospitals and health systems, including the federal Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act. To ensure compliance with these... READ MORE

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What’s in Store for the CCBHC Pilot Program? Congress Hastens to Fund Program that Expands Access to Behavioral Health and Addiction Services

[09/20/19]

Posted on September 20, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

When it comes to behavioral health, which is hugely important in the current era of the opioid crisis and the renewed—and much needed—focus on expanded access to care, Hall Render knows the territory. For example, a few of our more recent behavioral health articles covered updated guidance issued by SAMHSA (those articles can be... READ MORE

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New DOJ Guidance for Antitrust Compliance Programs: Why Health Care Entities Need Antitrust Focus

[09/20/19]

Posted on September 20, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On July 11, 2019, the Antitrust Division of the DOJ (“Division”) announced a new initiative aimed at encouraging robust corporate antitrust compliance programs. The Division’s initiative incentivizes compliance programs by establishing that firms charged criminally for antitrust violations will be given credit in charging and sentencing recommendations if they have effective corporate antitrust compliance... READ MORE

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Health Provider News – September 20, 2019

[09/20/19]

Posted on September 20, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Approaching an EHR customization: Key thoughts from 3 clinical informatics execs AHA report: 3 shifts providers must make to embrace digital health 6 hospital mergers called off in past year Healthcare consultancy with offices in 10 states files for bankruptcy EHR-integrated patient texting helps clinic boost patient capacity 68% to 89% Report: 3... READ MORE

Hospitals Win Battle Over Site-Neutral Pay Cuts

[09/18/19]

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

CMS was dealt a blow from the D.C. District Court on September 17, 2019 when the court determined the agency’s “site neutral” payment policy in the CY 2019 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) Final Rule exceeded its statutory authority to adjust payments under the OPPS. Refusing to accept the government’s argument that the plaintiffs... READ MORE

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Webinar Preview: Analyzing 2018 Anti-Kickback Compliance Settlements Involving Real Estate Arrangements

[09/18/19]

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) often release information about compliance settlements under the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”), including both the settlement value and the subject arrangement. The most recent data from 2018 shows several of these settlements arose from real estate arrangements and some involved millions of dollars... READ MORE

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From Health Care to Spiritual Care: A Case Study on the Role Churches Can Play in Health Care Adaptive Reuse Projects

[09/18/19]

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

For almost a decade, the Binford Medical-Professional Office Complex, a medical office building and immediate care center located on the northeast side of Indianapolis, Indiana, has sat vacant, creating an eyesore and reminding local residents of the potential health care option that could have been. Once known for its unrealized opportunity, the facility now... READ MORE

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