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FDA Clarifies Position on CBD After Passage of 2018 Farm Bill

[01/18/19]

Posted on January 18, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a statement (the “Statement”) clarifying its position on cannabidiol (“CBD”) products in the wake of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the “2018 Farm Bill”) signed December 20, 2018.¹ The 2018 Farm Bill is a broad piece of legislation that regulates agricultural programs ranging from income support to…Read More

Health Provider News – January 18, 2019

[01/18/19]

Posted on January 18, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Medicaid gets new acting director Healthcare leaders on communicating effectively with other C-suite executives Hospitals are turning to telehealth to manage scarce physician resources ACOs want deadline extended for CMS’s Pathways to Success applications Intermountain Healthcare-led generic drug venture CivicaRx garners new members including NYU Langone, Memorial Hermann, Oschner Telemedicine Licensure Compact is Now…Read More

#MeToo on the Move: New Sexual Harassment Legislation May Impact Employers

[01/18/19]

Posted on January 18, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In the year or so since the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements shined a national media spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace, the issue has reached several courts and state legislatures as well. As a result, employers may now be required to take additional action in developing policies and procedures to address sexual harassment, training…Read More

Health Provider News – January 11, 2019

[01/11/19]

Posted on January 11, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Prescription Drug Spending Higher at 340B Hospitals, Study Finds Medicaid chief out after 3 months: 3 things to know How artificial intelligence will shape the physician toolkit in 2019 Health care experts call new federally-required hospital price listings ‘not very consumer-friendly’ HHS releases voluntary cybersecurity guidance DOJ Recovers $2.5B in Healthcare Fraud, False Claims…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – January 11, 2019

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Posted on January 11, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Lawmakers Hit a Wall with Funding Negotiations – Shutdown Continues The three-week partial government shutdown continues without any progress towards an agreement to fund the federal government. Tomorrow, January 12, will mark the longest government shutdown on record as it exceeds the 21-day shutdown in 1996. Congress was in action this week. On Thursday, the…Read More

Impact Analysis: Federal Court Blocks 2018 Cuts to 340B Drug Discount Program Payments

[01/11/19]

Posted on January 11, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On December 27, 2018, a federal judge ruled in favor of hospital associations and hospitals challenging the reduction in reimbursement for drugs purchased at a discount under the 340B Program established in the 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule (“2018 OPPS Rule”). Judge Rudolph Contreras of the United States District Court in Washington, D.C….Read More

MT WHY?: How a Master Trust Indenture Can Simplify Your Life

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Posted on January 11, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Master Trust Indentures or “MTIs” have historically been implemented by hospitals and health systems as a way to pool the credit of multiple entities (the members of the “obligated group”) and create a “master trust” consisting of revenues or other assets pledged by the obligated group members under the MTI. An MTI allows the obligated…Read More

The DOJ Is Not Backing Down: FCA Cases Recover More Than $2.8 Billion in 2018

[01/09/19]

Posted on January 9, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reported it collected more than $2.8 billion in False Claims Act (“FCA”) settlements and verdicts in 2018.¹ This is significantly down from the record $5.69 billion recovered in 2014 and from the $3.6 billion – $4.7 billion in 2015 through 2017. This can primarily be explained by the absence of…Read More

Supreme Court Finds Circuit Split “Wholly Groundless”

[01/09/19]

Posted on January 9, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In Justice Kavanaugh’s first written opinion since he joined the Supreme Court, he addressed one of the most common disputes associated with arbitration agreements: who decides what issues should be arbitrated? In Henry Schein, et al. v Archer & White and Sales, Inc.,¹ the Supreme Court held that it is the arbitrator, not the court, who…Read More

NPDB Provides New Guidance

[01/09/19]

Posted on January 9, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In October of 2018, the National Practitioner Data Bank (“NPDB”) revised the NPDB Guidebook to provide additional guidance on a number of issues. Some of the revisions will be welcomed by the health care industry, but others do not provide as much additional clarity on issues as might be desired. Following is a discussion of the…Read More