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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 14, 2019

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Posted on June 14, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Energy and Commerce Examines Surprise Medical Billing On June 12, the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee held a legislative hearing on surprise medical bills as Congress continues tackling the issue on how best to resolve payment disputes between providers and health plans. There is broad agreement to pass legislation addressing surprise medical bills, but…Read More

Staff Training and Policy Reviews Needed: OIG Finds Skilled Nursing Facilities Failing to Report and Investigate Incidents of Potential Abuse and Neglect

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Posted on June 14, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Most skilled nursing facilities and state survey agencies are not correctly reporting and investigating abuse and neglect incidents that occur against skilled nursing residents, according to the June 7, 2019, Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report titled Incidents of Potential Abuse and Neglect at Skilled Nursing Facilities…Read More

Health Provider News – June 14, 2019

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Posted on June 14, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL How CMS’ New Value-Based Bundled Payment Method Affects Healthcare Providers The Uber of prescription drugs: Web startups raise concerns about access to Rx medicine Cybersecurity lawsuit against Allscripts tossed by judge AMA’s president-elect is Texas allergist, immunologist Dr. Susan Bailey CMS plans to release list of 400 troubled nursing homes following Senate report 5…Read More

Opportunity Zones: How Health Providers Can Benefit from the Trump Tax Cut Program

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Posted on June 13, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

While much focus was given to the individual and corporate tax reductions provided in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”), the TCJA also stirred up a great deal of interest among investors with the designation of qualified opportunity zones (“Opportunity Zones”). The Opportunity Zone additions to the Internal Revenue Code allow investors…Read More

The Practice of Medicine vs. Protecting Patient Safety: Groundbreaking Court Ruling in Support of the FDA’s Regulation of Certain Stem Cell Therapies

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Posted on June 11, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On Monday, June 3, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (the “Court”) ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has the authority to regulate certain stem cell-based treatments offered by U.S. Stem Cell Clinic, LLC (the “Clinic”) and U.S. Stem Cell, Inc. After the Clinic failed to heed repeated…Read More

Graduate Medical Education: Insights About the 2020 IPPS Proposed Rule and Medical Record Documentation

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Posted on June 11, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently made several announcements regarding graduate medical education (“GME”). This article discusses three matters that are particularly significant for teaching hospitals, teaching physicians and other GME stakeholders. First, CMS issued its inpatient prospective payment system (“IPPS”) proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) for fiscal year 2020 and announced the…Read More

Countdown to Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Compliance Programs – Component #5 – Effective Communication of Compliance Standards to Staff, Contractors and Volunteers

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Posted on June 10, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

This is another article in a series discussing the complete overhaul of Part 483 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations the Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities (“Final Regulations”) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”). To view other articles in this series, click here. Beginning on November 28, 2019,…Read More

Raise It or Waive It: U.S. Supreme Court Decides That Title VII’s Charge-Filing Requirement Is Not Jurisdictional

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Posted on June 10, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In an unanimous decision authored by Justice Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that Title VII’s charge-filing precondition is not a jurisdictional requirement but instead a mandatory claim-processing rule, which may be forfeited if the party asserting the rule waits too long to raise an objection.[1] This decision emphasizes the importance of timely employer…Read More

AMCA Breach of PHI and PII

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Posted on June 7, 2019 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

American Medical Collection Agency (“AMCA”), a collection agency that works primarily with health care companies, recently announced a breach of protected health information (“PHI”) and personally identifiable information (“PII”) affecting over 19.6 million patients. Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, both clients of AMCA, have reported that their patients have been impacted by the incident. AMCA has…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 7, 2019

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Posted on June 7, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

House Committee Pushes Renewal of Health Programs, Debates Medicaid DSH Cuts The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee considered twelve health care-related bills in a hearing this week. Eleven of the bills renew funding for community health centers, doctor training programs and other public health initiatives which have funding authorizations that expire at the end…Read More