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EEO-1 Filing Website to Open Soon – Submission Deadline Extended to May 31, 2019

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

Published by: Hall Render

The EEO-1 filing website will open in early March. The filing deadline has been extended to May 31, 2019. Both dates were pushed back as a result of the recent, partial federal government shutdown. Luckily for employers, the controversial pay data disclosure requirements remain on indefinite hold, as we previously reported; however, covered employers still must…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – February 15, 2019

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Posted on February 15, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Government Funded After Congress Borders on Another Shutdown Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement on a funding deal that avoids another partial government shutdown that would have occurred at midnight tonight. The measure would fund nine out of fifteen federal departments through September 30, 2019. President Trump is expected to sign the legislation into law…Read More

Claims Denials Start April 1: What You Should Know About CMS’s New Preclusion List

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Posted on February 15, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Beginning April 1, 2019, Medicare Part C and D plans, PACE organizations and 1876 cost contract plans (“Plans”) will be required to deny payment for services rendered or prescriptions ordered by any provider on the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) Preclusion List. The Preclusion List, which was first made available to Plans…Read More

Digital Medicine: OIG Approves Arrangement to Provide Smartphones to Patients

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Posted on February 15, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 29, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published Advisory Opinion 19-02, which approved an arrangement allowing a pharmaceutical manufacturer to loan smartphones to financially needy patients in order to assist with medication adherence. OIG stated that it would not impose sanctions against the parties for violations…Read More

Health Provider News – February 15, 2019

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Posted on February 15, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

 NATIONAL How hospitals use biometrics to prevent patient ID errors, speed service Bonus pay for doctors can boost quality of care OCR sets record in 2018 for HIPAA enforcement actions Healthgrades names ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ 2019 Private equity pushes into healthcare: 9 latest deals 50 best healthcare supply chains in North America, rated by GHX…Read More

Expect Active Follow-Ups: OIG Finds State Survey Agencies Are Not Verifying Facilities’ Corrections of Deficiencies

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Posted on February 13, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On February 7, 2019, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report titled CMS Guidance to State Survey Agencies on Verifying Correction of Deficiencies Needs to Be Improved to Help Ensure the Health and Safety of Nursing Home Residents (“Report”). The Report found that seven…Read More

Affordable Health Care: Patients’ Co-Pays Waived by Charitable Pediatric Clinic

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Posted on February 12, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a favorable advisory opinion, Advisory Opinion 19-01, concerning a charitable pediatric clinic (the “Clinic”)’s arrangement under which the Clinic waives cost-sharing amounts for a small percentage of TRICARE and Medicare beneficiaries not covered by a state insurance program (the “Arrangement”). After a…Read More

Greenway EHR Customers’ Rights from Settlement with Government

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Posted on February 12, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services announced this month news of a Settlement Agreement and a Corporate Integrity Agreement (the “Agreements”) with Greenway Health, LLC (“Greenway”). The Agreements include a payment by Greenway of $57.25 million. Greenway customers should…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – February 8, 2019

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Posted on February 8, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Lays Groundwork for Pricing Transparency Legislation A bipartisan group of senators continue to lay the groundwork for the introduction of pricing transparency legislation. On February 5, the senators released a letter seeking information from stakeholders as they prepare to introduce legislation that builds on draft legislation from last Congress. The effort is being led…Read More

A Closer Look at the FCA’s Particularity and Retaliation Requirements

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Posted on February 8, 2019 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

In a partial affirmation, the Fourth Circuit weeded out False Claims Act (“FCA”) claims made without particularity, requiring relators to “connect the dots” between the alleged false claims and government payment and highlighted the FCA’s recently amended “objective reasonableness” standard in reviewing retaliation claims. Background In 2010, the FCA was amended to include any party…Read More