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Trump Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget and Healthcare Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration on Feb. 12 released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request, titled "An American Budget." Unlike last year's budget, which was released in late May, the release of this budget conforms to the typical...more

DOJ Reaches Settlement with Michigan Hospital on Allegedly Unlawful Marketing Agreement

by Mintz Levin on

On Friday February 9, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Antitrust Division announced a settlement with Henry Ford Allegiance Health (“Allegiance”) of claims that Allegiance and certain other hospitals unlawfully...more

GME Recommendations in the President's FY 2019 Budget Proposal - President Trump's FY 2019 budget proposal calls for structural...

by Dentons on

On February 12, 2018, the Trump administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request. Published on an annual basis, presidential budget requests do not set the federal budget, but rather are "messaging" documents...more

FY 2019 Administration Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump on February 12, 2018, submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The President's full budget calls for approximately $4.4 trillion in total spending. Much of the budget seeks...more

Meaningful Use and Quality Attestations in QNet: CMS Hosts EHR Hospital Transition Q&A Session

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The CMS EHR Incentive Program attestation for Medicare eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) has moved to a new platform, the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNet). Starting this year, eligible hospitals and CAHs...more

FTC testimony underscores agency's views on certificate-of-need laws and competition in health care markets

by Dentons on

Staff from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appeared before the Alaska Senate Committee on Labor and Commerce on February 6, 2018, to present the FTC’s views on certificate-of-need (CON) laws and to support the repeal of...more

House, Senate Proposals to Extend Funding for the Federal Government

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Congress moved one step closer to avoiding a government shutdown on Feb. 6, voting overwhelmingly (245-182) to pass a short-term, GOP-backed government funding bill (text; section-by-section) that would keep the federal...more

Healthcare And The Gig Economy: A Marriage Of Risk And Reward

by Fisher Phillips on

Healthcare is one of the country’s largest industries, accounting for trillions of dollars in annual spending. Given its magnitude, it should come as no surprise that healthcare and our national economy are inextricably...more

Healthcare Employers Rejoice? Recent Shift In NLRB Decisions Impacts The Industry

by Fisher Phillips on

A new Republican majority took hold over the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) at the end of 2017, leading to several significant labor decisions. Because the NLRB’s decisions and actions impact all industries, healthcare...more

BPCI Advanced – CMS Offers a Familiar Program with a New Twist

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching BPCI Advanced – the successor program to the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative. Providers that like the current BPCI program, or simply missed the...more

Post-Acute Care Providers Ponder Role in BPCI Advanced

by Baker Ober Health Law on

As CMS's approach to Alternative Payment Models continues to evolve, most recently with the release of BPCI Advanced, post-acute care providers may be left scratching their heads as they try to determine where they fit. An...more

Health Alert (Australia) 29 January 2018

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales 22 December 2017 - Inquest into the death of Colin Parker - CORONIAL LAW – cause and manner of death, syncope, atrial...more

Religious Institutions Update: January 2018 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

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Timely Topics - By Shannon B. Hartsfield - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Jan. 18, 2018, the creation of a new division within its Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is described...more

New York Executive Budget Proposes Corporate Ownership of Retail Clinics, Tax on Not-for-Profit Health Insurance Conversions

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his proposed $168 billion budget for fiscal year 2019, which proposes several changes to New York’s healthcare landscape. Among other things, the budget contains amendments that would...more

State of the Financial Restructuring Market

Continuing low interest rates and generally improved economic conditions in the U.S. and worldwide during 2017 have reduced financial distress and the need for business bankruptcies in most sectors. However, out-of-court...more

Impending Overhaul of Singapore’s Healthcare Legislation

by Morgan Lewis on

The Singapore Ministry of Health is currently consulting stakeholders for feedback on the draft Healthcare Services Bill, which is intended to be implemented in three stages starting in December 2019. ...more

MedPAC Votes on Proposed Recommendations to Congress to Maintain Medicare’s Existing Payment Increases to Hospitals and...

by King & Spalding on

In public meetings held on January 11-12, 2018, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) members voted to recommend that Congress maintain Medicare’s current updates for payments to providers for acute care hospital...more

Health Care E-Note - January 2018

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama on January 4, 2018, Birmingham Counsel Adam Overstreet discusses the new Department of Justice initiative on investigating and prosecuting pain...more

HELP ACT Would Do Little to Help Ease Concerns of 340B-Participating Hospitals

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Helping Ensure Low-income Patients have Access to Care and Treatment (HELP ACT) is the third 340B-related legislation to be introduced this month. The HELP ACT goes well beyond the 340B PAUSE Act in the scope of its...more

Reminder: Hospitals must use QualityNet for attestation in 2018

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must now use the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNet) to submit meaningful use attestations for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. ...more

Gainsharing Guidance: Clarification on Cost-Savings Arrangements Between Hospitals and Physicians

by Polsinelli on

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) recently posted its first advisory opinion interpreting a gainsharing arrangement – that is, a financial relationship under which...more

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Addressing Gainsharing CMP Arrangement

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On January 5, 2018, the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) released a favorable Advisory Opinion 17-09 that addresses Section 1128A(b)(1) of the Social...more

CMS Announces Bundled Payments Care Improvement Model

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On January 11, 2018, CMS announced a new voluntary episode payment model (bundled payments for care improvement advanced–BPCI Advanced) that will test a new iteration of bundled payment for the following thirty-two (32)...more

Sick of woes with Big Pharma, hospitals moving to make own generic drugs

Some big hospitals and hospital chains are on the brink of expanding into another aspect of health care. Let’s give them a rare cheer, because they’re taking on Big Pharma and its skyrocketing drug prices and too frequent...more

Hancock Health Hit with Ransomware That Shuts Down Network

It has been predicted that the healthcare industry will continue to be lambasted with ransomware in 2018. It has also been predicted that attackers will move from taking sensitive information hostage to sabotage, service...more

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