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Important Alert: Response to Emailed Bomb Threats

[12/13/18]

Posted on December 13, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

A number of organizations, including many health care and financial organizations, nationwide have reported receiving emails that state that an explosive device has been brought into the recipient’s facility and will be detonated unless a ransom is paid in Bitcoin. Law enforcement authorities are investigating; however, at this point, no explosive devices have been found….Read More

Nursing Home Fine Upheld for Inadequately Addressing Sexual Interactions Between Cognitively Impaired Residents – Policy Reviews Needed

[12/13/18]

Posted on December 13, 2018 in Health Law News, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (“Court of Appeals”) released an opinion that confirmed a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) assessment of an immediate jeopardy citation and an $83,800 civil money penalty against a nursing home for inadequately addressing sexual interactions between cognitively impaired nursing home residents….Read More

Business Associate’s Data Breach Leads to $500,000 Fine for Hospitalist Group

[12/10/18]

Posted on December 10, 2018 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced on December 4, 2018 that a hospitalist group (“Group”) that works with hospitals and nursing homes to provide internal medicine physicians has agreed to pay $500,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability…Read More

Department of Justice Announces Important Updates to Yates Memo Requirements

[12/07/18]

Posted on December 7, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 29, 2018, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced some significant changes to the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ’s”) policies on investigating corporate wrongdoing. These changes pull back some of the guidance that was first announced in a public memorandum issued by former Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates (“Yates Memo”) in 2015, especially with…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 7, 2018

[12/07/18]

Posted on December 7, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Passes Two-Week Stopgap Funding Measure On December 6, Congress passed a continuing resolution that extends current funding for select federal agencies for two weeks. The extension became necessary after the services for former President George H.W. Bush halted almost all legislative activity on Capitol Hill this week. Lawmakers will now have until December 21 to…Read More

Proposed Changes to H-1B Cap Process

[12/04/18]

Posted on December 4, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) recently announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require employers seeking to file cap-subject H-1B petitions to first electronically register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). The proposed rule would also reverse the order that USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree…Read More

The Past Is Prologue: Reviewing Compliance Landmarks from 2018 to Plan for 2019

[12/03/18]

Posted on December 3, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Compliance professionals live in a world of constant change. As new laws are passed, new regulations are finalized, and public health crises emerge, compliance professionals are expected to guide their organizations through uncharted territory to the destinations chosen by other leaders. Although predicting the future is impossible, compliance priorities rarely develop in isolation. This article surveys significant compliance landmarks from 2018 to help compliance professionals plan for the…Read More

New All-Payor Kickback Statute Affects Arrangements Related to Clinical Laboratories, Recovery Homes and Clinical Treatment Facilities

[12/03/18]

Posted on December 3, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On October 24, 2018, Congress enacted a new law titled the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (“EKRA”) as part of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act of 2018 (“SUPPORT Act”). The SUPPORT Act is a comprehensive law that seeks to combat the opioid epidemic…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 30, 2018

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Posted on November 30, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Unlikely to Make Progress on Health Care Bills Before Year-End  As government funding battles overtake Capitol Hill, it appears Congress will not use the lame duck to resolve outstanding health care issues. While the desire to steer clear of health care fights is something different from prior years, outgoing House Ways and Means Committee…Read More

Hospital Wage Index Reform Deja Vu? OIG Releases Report on Vulnerabilities of Wage Index System, Recommends Overhaul of System

[11/30/18]

Posted on November 30, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 21, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released a report (“Report”) outlining what it believes are multiple deficiencies in the Medicare wage index system. OIG recommended several changes, including revisiting the possibility of comprehensive reform and seeking authority to penalize hospitals that submit inaccurate wage data….Read More