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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – April 5, 2019

[04/05/19]

Posted on April 5, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Health Cost Reduction Package Slated for Summer Release Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee, said he plans to move a wide-ranging legislative package through his panel seeking to curb health care costs. Sen. Alexander, along with HELP ranking member... READ MORE

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The 340B Crystal Ball: New Clarity on 340B Prices and the Program’s Future

[04/05/19]

Posted on April 5, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

It’s no April Fools’ joke. On April 1, 2019, the Health Resources & Services Administration Office of Pharmacy Affairs (“HRSA”) unveiled a long-awaited website that gives providers participating in the 340B drug pricing program (“340B Program”) direct access to information about the maximum amounts that pharmaceutical companies may charge for certain drugs. This moves... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – March 29, 2019

[03/29/19]

Posted on March 29, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Conversation Shifts Back to Health Care in Washington Health care became a major discussion point for lawmakers after this week started with the Trump administration’s declaration that it supports a federal judge’s ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) should be thrown out. This signals a shift in the Justice Department’s prior position... READ MORE

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Court Vacates 60-Day Rule for Medicare Advantage Plans, Creates Uncertainty for Same Rule Applicable to Medicare-Enrolled Providers

[09/17/18]

Posted on September 17, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Nearly a decade has passed since the U.S. Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). Since March 2010, we have seen federal court rulings on numerous challenges to the ACA itself and the executive branch’s efforts to enforce the ACA. One such challenge resulted on September 7, 2018 in the... READ MORE

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OIG Final Rule Significantly Expands Exclusion Authority

[01/19/17]

Posted on January 19, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published the “Health Care Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Revisions to the Office of Inspector General’s Exclusion Authorities” Final Rule (“Final Rule”) revising and expanding its authority to exclude individuals and entities from participation in federal health care programs.... READ MORE

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Section 1557: Federal Court Issues Nationwide Injunction Against HHS Sex Discrimination Rules

[01/16/17]

Posted on January 16, 2017 in Health Law News, HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On December 31, 2016, a federal district court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction to prevent HHS from enforcing those few portions of the regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) that interpret the prohibition against “sex” discrimination to include discrimination on the basis of “gender identity” and “termination of pregnancy.”... READ MORE

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Discrimination in Federally Funded Health Care Programs – Part III: HHS New Regulations Regarding Equal Access for Individuals with Disability Under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

[08/02/16]

Posted on August 2, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This is the third article in a series discussing the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) final rule (“Final Rule”) implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Failure to comply with the Final Rule can result in the loss of federal funding, and... READ MORE

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King v. Burwell – ACA Death Spiral Averted

[06/26/15]

Posted on June 26, 2015 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In an eagerly awaited, mightily impactful health care decision, King v. Burwell (U.S. No. 14-114 June 25, 2015), the Supreme Court of the United States (the “Supreme Court”) held that individuals eligible for tax credits to subsidize their purchase of health insurance in health care marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) may... READ MORE

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DOJ Intervenes in Retained Overpayment Suit

[06/30/14]

Posted on June 30, 2014 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: Drew B. Howk

With the passing of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), False Claims Act (“FCA”) observers noted the imminent filing of cases alleging violations of the ACA’s amendments to the FCA or “reverse” false claims. Such claims are per se false claims under the FCA and arise when a government contractor or health care provider becomes aware... READ MORE

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This Week in Washington – November 8, 2013

[11/08/13]

Posted on November 8, 2013 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

OMB Reviewing Final Rules on Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law Protections for EHR Deals Earlier this week, CMS and HHS sent two final rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) that would extend safe harbor protections for arrangements that provide electronic health record (“EHR”) products to physicians until the end of... READ MORE

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