In This Issue
Robert E. Byrd, FACHE
Alamance Regional Medical Center
Christine L. Sternjacob
Novant Health – Triad Region
Paul A. Jeffrey
Wesley Long Community Hospital – Moses Cone Health System
Pamela M. Sinclair, FACHE
High Point Regional Health System
Samuel B. Seifert
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Fall THEF Program /Annual Meeting Well Received|
by Bob Byrd, FACHE
Tom Stukes, a senior member of the Health Care Practice Group of Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, gave an excellent presentation entitled "Legal Update 2008" at this past year's annual meeting on November 6 at the Grandover Resort Hotel. Mr. Stukes' Legal Update has become somewhat of a tradition for THEF at its annual meeting, and it is always well received.
This year, Mr. Stukes covered several topics, including:
- Stark III Changes associated with the 2009 IPPS Rule that includes a "stand-in-the-shoes" provision for physicians, restrictions on space and epuipment leases that are based on per-click and percentage arrangements, and restrictions on "under arrangement" situations.
- Antitrust activity by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission with respect to hospital mergers and provider network price fixing. Even prior mergers are being revisited.
- OIG Advisory Opinion 08-10 that dealt with a medical facility leasing its IMRT facility to urology practices to treat their own patients. Even though the lease amount was on a fixed basis, the OIG determined that the arrangement violated the Anit-kickback Statute.
- Trends in North Carolina regarding physician-hospital arrangements, hospital affiliations, increased enforcement of DHSR and CMS-termination of Medicare provider status, and challenges to CON law.
If you were not one of the 40 persons in attendance, you missed a good and informative program.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
5:30 pm - Wesley Long Community Hospital - see article