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Legal Insights and Perspectives for the Healthcare Industry
The government watchdog agencies continue to focus their attention on Medicare oversight of hospice providers, with two recent reports from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) focused in large part on ways to improve hospice surveys and nursing care oversight deficiencies.
In this LawFlash, our healthcare industry team unpacks the final rule requiring hospitals to make standard charges public and the proposed transparency in coverage rule requiring group health plans and health insurance issuers to disclose negotiated rates with providers and out-of-network estimates for consumers.
Healthcare is the largest labor market in the United States, employing over 18 million workers.

Healthcare providers dedicate approximately $39 billion per year to administrative activities related to regulatory compliance, according to research conducted by the American Hospital Association, which found the pace of regulatory changes “has begun to exceed many providers’ ability to absorb them.” To that end, understanding the federal rulemaking process and knowing when and how to get involved is critical for the healthcare industry.

CMS has released a pair of rules “that take historic steps to increase price transparency to empower patients and increase competition among all hospitals, group health plans and health insurance issuers in the individual and group markets.”
We invite you to join us on Wednesday, November 20, for our second installment of the Fast Break: Regulatory Sprint series.
October might be known traditionally for pumpkin patches, fall festivals, creative costumes, and haunted houses, but Health Law Scan will remember it as the month when proposed rules on Stark exceptions and AKS safe harbors were unveiled. In between stocking up on candy corn and picking out gourds for autumnal décor, Health Law Scan posted continuing coverage on the proposed rules, unpacking the detail and assessing what they mean for the healthcare industry.
The US District Court for the District of Oregon on November 2 issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) to block the new health insurance requirement for immigrant visa applicants from taking effect on November 3, 2019.
Several lawyers from our healthcare industry team recently attended HLTH in Las Vegas. HLTH provided a showcase for innovative ideas, platforms, and programs embracing the concept of “patient-centered care.”
In Part 2 of a two-part Morgan Lewis series for Bloomberg Law on the proposed Stark Law and anti-kickback statute (AKS) rules, Kathleen McDermott, Matt Hogan, and Jacob Harper examine the safe harbors and exceptions aimed at empowering patients to manage their healthcare.