Wisconsin Hospital Regulations Reformed: July 1, 2016

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Wisconsin’s long-standing hospital regulation, DHS 124, will be significantly reformed beginning on July 1, 2016. DHS 124, described in the governor’s 2013 Regulatory Review Report as “outdated, duplicative, and confusing for health care operators,” has been the focus of regulatory reform efforts for more than a decade. Signed into law... Continue Reading →

Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services: Making Providers More Proactive

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On June 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced its plan to implement a three-year Medicare pre-claim review demonstration for home health services in the states of Illinois, Florida, Texas, Michigan and Massachusetts (the “Demonstration”). These states were selected based on high incidences of fraud and improper... Continue Reading →



This Week in Washington – June 17, 2016

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule Updating Conditions of Participation for Hospitals On June 13, CMS released a proposed rule amending the conditions that hospitals and critical access hospitals (“CAHs”) must meet to be eligible to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The agency’s proposal, which includes comprehensive requirements to reduce... Continue Reading →

The New Timeshare License Exception Offers More Flexibility

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On January 1, 2016, the new Stark Law “timeshare license” exception became law. We reported on the proposed rule here and the final rule here. Initially, the exception received somewhat mixed reviews, which resulted in some hesitancy to employ it. Now that the dust has settled, we believe that the... Continue Reading →

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Final Rule Prohibiting Discrimination in Federally Funded Health Care Programs – Part II: Equity in Communication

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On May 13, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a final rule (“Final Rule”) implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). A copy of the Final Rule is available here. The rule is scheduled... Continue Reading →

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 10, 2016

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House Passes Bill that Includes Provision to Revise HOPD Site-Neutral Payment Policy On June 7, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016 (H.R. 5273) that would modify payment policies under Medicare for certain hospital outpatient departments and some hospital inpatient services. The bill... Continue Reading →