On July 9, 2019, the parties in the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit presented their oral arguments before a three-judge panel at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The various questions posed to the attorneys by the judges (two of whom are Republican appointees, and one of whom is a Democratic-appointee) indicated that the (two Republican-appointed) judges may uphold the lower court’s ruling – at least as regards the Individual Mandate constitutionality issue. (Read more...)  

On July 10, 2019, President Donald Trump signed an executive order launching “ Advancing American Kidney Health ,” an initiative that seeks to move the majority of dialysis services away from dialysis centers, and into patients’ homes, as well as double the availability of kidneys for transplants. The initiative generally seeks to achieve three goals: “ fewer patients developing kidney failure, fewer Americans receiving dialysis in dialysis centers, and more kidneys available for transplant .” (Read more...)  

While healthcare transactions involving physicians have continued to accelerate over the past several years, these alignments have been fraught with regulatory concerns stemming from the federal government’s significant scrutiny of transactions from a fraud and abuse perspective. More recently, government agencies have been increasing their antitrust scrutiny of these deals as well, further complicating the healthcare transactional arena. This intensifying scrutiny has been exemplified through a number of recent actions taken by government agencies, as well as the courts, to stifle physician practice purchases by hospitals and payors. This Health Capital Topics article will briefly review these actions, as well as the state of antitrust enforcement generally, and discuss potential implications for future healthcare transactions. (Read more...)  

Over the past decade, there has been a rapid adoption of technological innovations in the U.S., which has fundamentally changed the healthcare delivery system, improving the quality of patient care, as well as the efficiency of healthcare processes and practices. Research indicates that implementation of healthcare information technology (HIT) may lead to improved efficiency and quality management, especially in rural areas. This Health Capital Topics article will discuss the various technological advancements that may assist rural health clinics (RHCs) in providing more tailored and advanced care to a greater number of patients. (Read more...)  
On August 27, 2019, HCC President, Todd Zigrang , and Vice President and General Counsel, Jessica Bailey-Wheaton , will be presenting during a Business Valuation Resources's Special Webinar Series, on the topic of The Due Diligence Imperative in the Era of Value-Based Reimbursement.
Advanced Distance Education to Launch in 2019

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 2019 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.