American College of Healthcare Executives
Your Chapter's Quarterly Newsletter Winter 2009
In This Issue

Winter THEF Program/Meeting Set
Message from the Regent - Winter 2009
THEF Scholarship Award Winners Announced
THEF To Receive the Award of Chapter Merit
THEF Has New Officers for 2009
Erwin Stainback, FACHE, Leaves Triad
THEF Board Adopts Goals for 2009
Results of ACHE Chapter Member Survey Are In
Fall Quarter ePoll Results
Brad Daniel, FACHE, Named Chair of "Healthcare Executive" Editorial Board
Fall THEF Program /Annual Meeting Well Received
Register Today for ACHE's 2009 Congress on Healthcare Leadership
Call in the Authorities
Dynamic Frames, Compelling Words
Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)


Did you know that all Triad area ACHE affiliates are automatically members of THEF at no additional cost?



National News

Chapter Officers


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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