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Potential Changes in Reimbursement May Jeopardize Leasing Arrangements with Dialysis Providers

[03/06/19]

Posted on March 6, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

During a speech on March 4, 2019, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced that the Trump administration plans to overhaul the Medicare payment system for certain dialysis services provided to patients with end-stage renal disease. The overhaul, as envisioned, would incentivize moving the place of treatment from outpatient clinics to home care….Read More

State of Michigan Amends Paid Sick Leave Law

[03/04/19]

Posted on March 4, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

As explained in our previous post, on September 5, 2018, the Michigan Legislature voted to approve the Earned Sick Time Act (“ESTA”), a citizen petition-initiated measure that was due to go into effect in March of 2019. However, before the ESTA could go into effect, in December of 2018, it was renamed as the Paid…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – March 1, 2019

[03/01/19]

Posted on March 1, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

House Democrats Unveil Single-Payor Legislation House Democrats introduced sweeping “Medicare for All” legislation, providing the most detailed plan to overhaul the current health care system by enrolling all U.S. residents in a single-payor, government-run health plan. It would cover a more expansive set of benefits than the current Medicare program and restructure payment for institutional…Read More

Pending Real Estate-Related FCA Cases to Watch

[03/01/19]

Posted on March 1, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Over the years, there have been a number of federal cases involving allegations that health care providers used improper real estate arrangements to induce referrals. Recently, two real estate-related cases have made headlines. Hospitals should pay careful consideration to the following two cases. Serial Whistleblower Seeks to Overturn Ruling Involving Alleged Cash-Flow Subsidies under Ground…Read More

Consider Website and Other Technology Accessibility Obligations to Better Serve Your Community and Avoid Litigation and Loss of Federal Funding

[03/01/19]

Posted on March 1, 2019 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

Health care providers are increasingly relying on technology to market, communicate with and otherwise provide services to their community, such as information about services provided on the website, patient portals, check-in kiosks and mobile applications. In using technology to communicate with patients and the larger community, it is important to remember the importance of accessibility…Read More

Health Provider News – March 1, 2019

[03/01/19]

Posted on March 1, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL CMS paid $84M for nursing home services that didn’t meet Medicare rule, audit finds S. judge will not block Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health venture’s new hire Senate Inquiry On Drug Prices Echoes Landmark Hearings Held 60 Years Ago Physician burnout rate drops 10.5 points after spike The metrics healthcare leaders check daily Amazon exec says A.I….Read More

Health Provider News – February 22, 2019

[02/22/19]

Posted on February 22, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

 NATIONAL HHS launches payment model for ambulance providers Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER Healthcare billing fraud: 8 latest settlements 3 revenue cycle leaders on their hospital’s biggest concern now that standard charges are public 4 strategies for keeping your millennial healthcare workers Rural hospitals face widespread closures CMS can terminate…Read More

Immigration Consequences for Prescribing Medical Marijuana

[02/21/19]

Posted on February 21, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The legality and use of medical marijuana has been changing rapidly over the last decade. The rules for prescribing medical marijuana vary under state law, but the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana, or the facilitation of these crimes, remains illegal under U.S. federal law. This landscape creates uncertainty for many physicians but particularly…Read More

NLRB Restores the Long-Standing Test for Determining Independent Contractor Status

[02/19/19]

Posted on February 19, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In SuperShuttle DFW Inc.¹, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) held that it would return to its longstanding and previously defined framework for determining whether a worker is classified as an employee or an independent contractor under the NLRA (“Act”). The issue in SuperShuttle was whether franchisees who operate shared-ride vans for SuperShuttle Dallas-Fort Worth…Read More

Repeated Breaches of ePHI Result in a $3 Million Fine, Capping Off OCR’s “Record Year” of 2018 Enforcement Actions

[02/19/19]

Posted on February 19, 2019 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that a health system in California (the “System”) was required to pay a $3 million fine and adopt an extensive corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). The System operates several hospitals, including a rehabilitation hospital in…Read More