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CMS Announces Final Rule Updating Fire Safety for Healthcare Facilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a final rule updating fire safety requirements for healthcare facilities in an effort to increase patient safety and adapt to the needs of an aging...more

Site-Neutral Billing Exemptions

The Balanced Budget Bill Act of 2015 has a site-neutral billing provision relating to off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). Those are facilities away from the hospital campus but certified as part of the...more

Tennessee Health Services And Facilities Report: May 2016 Newsletter

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (HSDA) is responsible for regulating the health care industry in Tennessee through the Certificate of Need Program. A Certificate of Need (CON) is a permit for the...more

Mississippi CON Report

1. Mississippi Certificate of Need Meetings during April 2016 - During the April 28, 2016, Certificate of Need meeting, Dr. Mary Currier, State Health Officer, concurred with the health and planning staff analysis and...more

CA State Legislature Clamps Down on Residential Treatment Centers

The existence of residential sober living homes and other treatment centers located in residential neighborhoods has recently attracted the attention of many media outlets and has become a hot button topic on both sides of...more

Summary of HUD's Lean 232 Program Email Blast Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) April 2016

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN Email Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim...more

CMS Finalizes Updated Fire Safety Standards for Health Care Facilities

On May 4, 2016, CMS is publishing a final rule amending fire safety standards applicable to the following types of Medicare- and Medicaid-participating health care facilities: hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term...more

Expansion of Clinical Services at Assisted Living Sites – The New Paradigm

As payment reforms, such as bundled payments and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), drive further provider collaboration to achieve lower costs with enhanced outcomes, post- acute providers, especially assisted living...more

CMS Proposes Update to Medicare IRF PPS Payments for FY 2017

CMS has published its proposed rule to update Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for FY 2017, which begins October 1, 2016. CMS estimates that rates would increase...more

Tennessee Legislature Passes Sweeping Changes to CON Law

On April 20, 2016, the Tennessee House and Senate completed final actions to pass legislation that makes significant modifications to the state’s certificate of need (CON) laws. The legislation, SB1842/HB1730 was sponsored by...more

Alabama CON Report

I. Certificate of Need Program - A. AL2016-008, EAMC Lanier, LLC, Valley, AL: Proposes to renovate a space for the conversion of seventeen (17) acute care beds to seventeen (17) inpatient rehabilitation beds, which was...more

Turkey: Amendments to PPP legislation on way

The Republic of Turkey has been undergoing a largescale reform in the healthcare sector in the past decade, spearheaded by the Ministry of Health under its Health Transformation Program which was launched in 2003. The EUR 20...more

Mississippi CON Report

I. Mississippi Certificate of Need Meetings During March 2016 - During the March 31, 2016, Certificate of Need meeting, Dr. Mary Currier, State Health Officer, concurred with the health and planning staff analysis and...more

Burr Alert: Tennessee Legislature Passes Certificate of Need Reform

This week, both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly unanimously approved legislation that will significantly reform Tennessee’s certificate of need (CON) program. Among the changes, the legislation: Removes the...more

Tennessee CON Report

I. March 2016—Tennessee Certificate of Need Meeting - At the March meeting of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency, Elizabeth Johnson announced that the standards for Psychiatric Inpatient Services and...more

Tennessee Health Services And Facilities Report: - April 2016 Newsletter

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (HSDA) is responsible for regulating the health care industry in Tennessee through the Certificate of Need Program. A Certificate of Need (CON) is a permit for the...more

It’s the CON Season in North Carolina – Is Your Petition Ready?

Can your organization satisfy an unmet need by bringing a new health care resource into a North Carolina community? If your organization perceives a need that has not been recognized by our State’s health planners, now is...more

Tennessee CON Report

I. February 2016—Tennessee Certificate of Need Meeting - At the February meeting of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency, Elizabeth Jones announced that the Standards for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit...more

FTC Skeptical of West Virginia Legislature’s Proposal to Immunize Certain Health Care Providers’ Activities from Antitrust Laws

We recently wrote about the FTC filing a complaint, In re Cabell Huntington Hospital (FTC Docket No. 9366), objecting to the merger of two West Virginia hospitals. The FTC filed its complaint against the wishes of West...more

Five Challenges Facing Employers in the Health Care Industry

Employers in the health care industry are facing a number of looming threats. Workplace violence is one of the most serious occupational hazards facing health care workers, while cyber-attacks pose a significant threat to the...more

Tennessee Health Services And Facilities Report: March 2016 Newsletter

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (HSDA) is responsible for regulating the health care industry in Tennessee through the Certificate of Need Program. A Certificate of Need (CON) is a permit for the...more

COPN Reform Efforts Delayed

Few legislative issues during the 2016 General Assembly have garnered more attention in the health care community than the efforts to reform Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need (“COPN”) process. Despite considerable effort...more

Mississippi CON Report

I. Mississippi Certificate of Need Meetings During January 2016 - During the January 28, 2016, Certificate of Need meeting, Dr. Mary Currier, State Health Officer, concurred with the health and planning staff analysis...more

FDA Embraces Internet of Things: New Draft Guidance on Postmarket Cybersecurity for Medical Devices

The FDA’s recently issued draft guidance on “Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices” seeks to address some of the increasing concerns that medical device providers, regulators, and consumers have about...more

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Facilities Under Increasing Fire in California – Are You in Compliance?

A recent Los Angeles Times report confirms what most legal experts have been forecasting for quite some time; the drug and alcohol rehabilitation industry in California is likely to face increased regulatory scrutiny and, in...more

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