Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – February 12, 2016

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Obama Releases FY 2017 Budget On February 9, President Obama released a $4.1 trillion budget outlining spending proposals and priorities for fiscal year 2017. Nearly one-fourth of the budget is allocated to CMS for the agency’s entitlement programs. The proposal also provides $82.8 billion in discretionary funding for HHS and... Continue Reading →

Retaliation Continues to Be the Number One Type of Charge Filed with the EEOC

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On February 11, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Office (“EEOC”) released its data for charges and claims litigated in 2015. Below are the highlights. A total of 89,385 workplace discrimination charges were received. More retaliation charges were received than any other type of claim enforced by the EEOC. Retaliation charges constituted almost 45 percent... Continue Reading →

2015 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline Extended

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This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that the attestation deadline for the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (“Meaningful Use Program”) is changed from February 29, 2016 to March 11, 2016. The new deadline applies to all eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals... Continue Reading →

60-Day Overpayment Rule Released

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CMS has released its final 60-Day Overpayment Rule, providing clarity to the 2010 Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) amendment to the False Claims Act (“FCA”) that created FCA liability for failure to repay identified overpayment within 60 days. This is a long-awaited rule that provides essential clarity to an amendment that,... Continue Reading →


New Pay Transparency Obligations for Federal Contractors Now Effective

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The final rules became effective on January 11, 2016 and apply to employers that enter into new covered federal contracts or subcontracts or modify an existing contract on or after that date. In addition to ensuring no unlawful discrimination or retaliation, federal contractors are required to disseminate specific information about the... Continue Reading →

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – February 5, 2016

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Bipartisan Telehealth Bill Introduced Includes Provision Proposed by Hall Render On February 3, Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced legislation to expand the use of telemedicine and remote patient monitoring (“RPM”) under Medicare to increase cost savings and quality care. The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and... Continue Reading →

EEOC Proposes to Collect Gross Pay and Hours Worked Data in 2017

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On February 1, 2016, the EEOC made public a proposed revision to the Employer Information Report (“EEO-1”) to include collecting pay data from employers, including federal contractors, with more than 100 employees. According the EEOC, the collection of this pay and hours data will help in “identifying possible pay discrimination... Continue Reading →


Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – January 29, 2016

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Hall Render Provides Recommendations to Congress on Stark Law Changes On January 29, Gregg Wallander, Hall Render attorney and leader of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group, provided recommendations to congressional staff on changes to the Stark Law that would provide relief for hospitals and health systems that are required to... Continue Reading →