This Health Capital Topics article, the first installment of a five-part series, will introduce the concept of micro-hospitals and briefly discuss how they have evolved within the current healthcare delivery environment. The following articles in this series will further examine micro-hospitals in relation to the Four Pillars that influence the value of entities within the healthcare industry, i.e., regulatory ; reimbursement ; competition ; and, technology . (Read more...)  

On April 5, 2018, at the public meeting for the Medicare Payment and Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the commissioners passed, via a unanimous vote, new proposed recommendations related to reimbursement for freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs), a/k/a stand alone emergency departments. These recommendations should come as no surprise, given that MedPAC has published findings regarding trends and utilization of stand-alone EDs in both its June 2016 and June 2017 Reports to the Congress . (Read more...)  

On May 8, 2018, Change Healthcare, a healthcare technology company, announced that it plans to partner with Adobe and Microsoft to develop a cloud-based tool that can collect, aggregate, and activate consumer data from various healthcare information technology (IT) sources, such as electronic health records (EHRs), registration, scheduling, and billing. Specifically, the tool will bring together three different platforms, including Adobe Experience Cloud , Microsoft Azure , and the Change Healthcare Intelligent Healthcare Network , to streamline the online experiences of patients within a healthcare organization. (Read more...)  

In consideration of the Fair Market Value (FMV) for the provision of Professional Management Services, this Health Capital Topics article briefly discusses the current trends in the Practice Management industry, as these trends may directly and indirectly affect both the management company and the healthcare entity. This overview of the services provided by practice management groups is followed by a discussion of the competitive , reimbursement , regulatory , and technological environments in which practice management groups operate. (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.
HCC President, Todd Zigrang , HCC Senior Vice President, John Chwarzinski , and HCC Vice President and General Counsel, Jessica Bailey-Wheaton , are honored to have co-authored the article entitled, " Beyond FMV: Commercial Resonableness of Physician Compensation Post-MACRA ," in ASA's Spring 2018 issue of Business Valuation Review .
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