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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

[11/30/18]

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

Countdown to Phase 3 – Skilled Nursing Facilities Need to Create a Compliance and Ethics Program

[11/29/18]

Posted on November 29, 2018 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”). Beginning on November 28, 2019, surveyors will use the requirements detailed in Section…Read More

Disclosing PHI to a Reporter Leads to $125,000 HIPAA Settlement

[11/29/18]

Posted on November 29, 2018 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), announced that a small professional association with three doctors and four locations (the “Practice”) has agreed to pay $125,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). The potential…Read More

CMS Proposes to Require Manufacturers to Disclose Drug Prices in TV Ads

[11/21/18]

Posted on November 21, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently issued a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) that would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to disclose the list price for a typical course of treatment of prescription drugs and biologics covered by Medicare or Medicaid in direct-to-consumer television advertisements. This policy development comes just two months after the United…Read More

Health Provider News – November 16, 2018

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Posted on November 16, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Amazon adds to its list of HIPAA-eligible machine learning tools Leapfrog releases Fall 2018 safety grades showing medical errors, safety issues prevail in red and blue states Hospital CEOs Agree That Systemness Focus Drives Results Doctors as disruptors? AMA CEO says medicine’s future demands it 93% of MIPS-eligible clinicians to get positive payment adjustment…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 16, 2018

[11/16/18]

Posted on November 16, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Democrats Set to Control Key Health Committees in Next Session of Congress The Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives following the recent midterm elections will significantly change the political landscape for health care issues when lawmakers return for the 116th Session of Congress next year. Overall, the election results will mean divided government and…Read More