In the first six months of 2018, healthcare reform has returned once again to the forefront of public and political discourse, as: the constitutionality of the Individual Mandate is currently being decided in federal court; more states are expanding Medicaid, using Section 1115 Waivers to establish work requirements; and, Association Health Plans are being more widely offered in an effort to cut costs. Recent developments relating to each of these three features will be discussed in this article. (Read more...)  

Healthcare enterprises are increasingly relying on intangible assets to enhance their ability to provide timely, quality professional medical services to patients. Trade secrets are one such class of intangible asset that may be owned by a healthcare enterprise. A trade secret is any information that has economic value and is not generally known by the public. Technical and specialty research may be considered the “ work-in-progress ” of patents, copyrights, trademarks, or other intangible assets, and this research usually entails the use of trade secrets, i.e., special “ know how ” that is often protected ( or padlocked ), in contrast to being patented. (Read more...)  

While the current Administration has continued its attempts to roll back various federal regulations in multiple sectors, including those created by the ACA, hospitals (including micro-hospitals) are still subject to a number of licensing, certification, and other restrictions at both the state and federal levels. This second installment in the Health Capital Topics series regarding micro-hospitals will discuss some of the current regulatory hurdles and requirements for micro-hospitals within the current healthcare environment, and how they impact the feasibility and sustainability of this novel healthcare entity. (Read more...)  

On April 24, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed rules for payment and policy updates for the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The proposed rule includes an estimated 1.75% increase in operating payments to general acute care hospitals that successfully participate in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and electronic health record (EHR) Meaningful Use program, but a projected 0.1% decrease in LTCH PPS payments. (Read more...)  
Advanced Distance Education to Launch in 2018

The  Institute for Healthcare Valuation  (IHV) &  Consultants' Training Institute  (CTI) are pleased to announce premier healthcare valuation training through a distance education program, the Certificate of Educational Achievement (CEA) for Advanced Education in Healthcare Valuation. The program will launch in 2018 and will bridge the interdisciplinary nature of healthcare valuation to include: the Four Pillars of Healthcare (regulatory, reimbursement, competition, and technology); the market forces shaping the U.S. healthcare industry; and the valuation of healthcare enterprises, assets, and services. Legal professionals and healthcare providers, as well as those wishing to expand their scope of activities in healthcare valuation engagements and those seeking to enhance their current healthcare valuation service lines, will gain comprehensive knowledge through completing the expansive program. The program has been developed and is being presented by industry thought leader Health Capital Consultants , alongside a blockbuster faculty of healthcare subject matter experts from the legal, federal regulatory, and valuation professions.

HCC President, Todd Zigrang , and Vice President and General Counsel, Jessica Bailey-Wheaton , were recently interviewed by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) , where they discussed the development of the distance education program along with the topics that will be covered. Click HERE to watch the entire interview.
Robert James Cimasi
2018 Thomas R. Porter Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
HCC Founder, R obert James Cimasi , was posthumously awarded the 2018 Thomas R. Porter Lifetime Achievement Award by NACVA . The Thomas R. Porter Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to the NACVA member who has shown exemplary character, leadership, and professional achievements to the association and the industry. Bob was a great friend, mentor, and professional colleague to us all, and his knowledge, values, and legacy continue to live on at Health Capital Consultants . Laura Baumstark, Todd Zigrang , and Jessica Bailey-Wheaton are honored to have accepted this award on Bob's behalf. Please click below to watch the acceptance video for this greatly appreciated award.
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