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Health Provider News – January 4, 2019

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Posted on January 4, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL 12 hospital construction projects worth $1B or more in 2018 Amazon gets into health insurance — and more 2019 health-tech predictions from top experts How Northwell Health and Ascension executed massive rebranding campaigns and what other health systems can learn Hospitals hike minimum wage in geographic clusters Healthcare accounted for bigger portion of 2018…Read More

CMS Targets Inadequate Registered Nurse Staffing in Skilled Nursing Facilities – More Weekend Surveys and F-Tag Directive

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Posted on December 31, 2018 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On November 30, 2018, CMS issued a Memorandum to State Survey Agency Directors (QSO-19-02-NH), announcing its concerns about adequate registered nurse staffing in skilled nursing facilities and that it will provide CMS Regional Offices and State Survey Agencies with a list of facilities with potential staffing issues to support survey activities for evaluating sufficient staffing and improving…Read More

The Granston Memo’s Effect: The DOJ Is Dismissing Meritless and Frivolous Actions

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Posted on December 27, 2018 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

The DOJ plans to dismiss 11 FCA lawsuits involving the new theory that patient assistance services supplied by drugmakers are unlawful kickbacks.¹ These lawsuits were brought by shell company whistleblowers backed by the National Healthcare Analysis Group (“NHCA”), a company that specializes in generating FCA cases. The 11 cases were essentially the same complaints with a different defendant….Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 21, 2018

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Posted on December 21, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Negotiations to Secure Funding and Avoid Government Shutdown Collapse At the time of this writing, the federal government is on the brink of a partial shutdown at midnight if Congress and President Trump do not come to an agreement on outstanding government funding legislation. The process began Wednesday with the Senate passing a continuing resolution…Read More

Health Provider News – December 21, 2018

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Posted on December 21, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Federal judge rules Obama’s health care overhaul unconstitutional Amazon explored buying at-home medical test company Amy Abernethy to join FDA as principal deputy commissioner 4 biggest Anti-Kickback settlements involving hospitals in 2018 12 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements Will interstate compacts turn into national licensure? What doctors need to know about MACRA’s new patient…Read More

HHS Considers Allowing Hospitals to Use Medicaid Funds to Pay for Patients’ Housing

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Posted on December 19, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Secretary of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently announced that Medicaid may allow hospitals and health systems to use funds to pay for patients’ housing.[1] HHS has already experimented with this idea by providing states with waivers under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act to expand Medicaid coverage to individuals experiencing homelessness.[2] Some…Read More

2019 Non-Monetary Compensation to Physicians (And Chance to Review 2018)

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Posted on December 19, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Under the federal Stark Law, hospitals may provide non-monetary compensation to physicians up to an aggregate amount of $416 for calendar year 2019. The dollar limit for “medical staff incidental benefits” (e.g., meals, parking and other items or incidental services that are used on the hospital’s campus) is less than $35 per occurrence. Other requirements…Read More

This Week in Washington – December 14, 2018

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Posted on December 14, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Tackles Multiple Health Provisions This Week The standstill on progress over finalizing the remaining fiscal year 2019 spending bills has given Congress the opportunity to advance some outstanding health care measures. This week, the House of Representatives passed legislation including the ACE Kids Act to allow state Medicaid programs to use a home health…Read More

OCR Announces Fine for Lack of BAA and Failure to Terminate Former Employee’s Access to PHI

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Posted on December 14, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On December 11, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that a critical access hospital in Colorado (the “Hospital”) will settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) by paying a civil penalty of $111,400 and adopting a corrective action plan….Read More

Health Provider News – December 14, 2018

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Posted on December 14, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL US health care spending hits $3.5 trillion in 2017, but rate of growth slows CMS finalizes risk adjustment rule for benefit year 2018 4 health systems raising their minimum wage Demand for both physicians and nurse practitioners driving up compensation, study finds Report predicts shortage of nearly 30,000 doctors in geriatrics American Hospital Association…Read More