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“Stark Law Blanket Waivers Issued In Response to COVID-19”

April 3, 2020

Note: This has been printed for informational purposes only. TOA does not offer legal advice. Please consult your attorney. April 8, 2020, update from Weaver, Johnston & Nelson: Following the drafting of our recent Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) COVID-19 guidance email, which can be found here, the OIG issued a Policy Statement in response to COVID-19 and…

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AudxMD’s Summary of COVID-19 Supplemental Packages

April 2, 2020

Phase One: [enacted March 6th, 2020] – The package appropriates $8.3 billion in emergency funding to give the federal government the initial tools to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The law provides fiscal year 2020 supplemental funding for the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health,…

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CMS: Hospitals & ASCs

March 30, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced temporary regulatory waivers and new rules for hospitals and ASCs to respond to COVID-19. Physician-Owned Hospitals “Physician-owned hospitals can temporarily increase the number of their licensed beds, operating rooms, and procedure rooms. For example, a physician-owned hospital may temporarily convert observation beds to inpatient beds to…

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Elective Surgeries During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 28, 2020

Note: Weaver Johnston Nelson sent this e-mail on March 22, 2020. TOA has published it for informational purposes only; it does not constitute legal advice. Elective Procedures and Surgeries March 25, 2020 On March 22, 2020, Governor Abbott signed Executive Order GA-09, which directs facilities and licensed healthcare professionals to postpone through April 21, 2020…

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Summary of the CARES Act

March 28, 2020

What Health Organizations Need to Know About the CARES Act’s Tax and Loan Provisions By Mel Gunawardena, Managing Partner, SYNERGEN Health As the pandemic continues to develop and negatively impact the U.S. and global economy, health practices in Texas and across the nation are being forced to plan for financial challenges. As different state, county…

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An Alternative to Private Equity and Hospital Absorption: Use of ESOPs for Medical Practices and Physician-Owned Hospitals in Texas

February 25, 2020

TOA disclaimer: The following article has been provided for informational purposes only.  It does not constitute legal or accounting advice. You should consult your attorney and accountant. By Susan Scherbel, Bellview Associates It is hard to think of a profession that has faced more challenges than medicine. For the past decade, physicians have been hammered…

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2020 OPPS/ASC TOA Summary

November 5, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final payment rule for the calendar year (CY) 2020 hospital outpatient (OPPS)/ASC payment policy on Friday, November 1. CMS finalized most of the orthopaedic-related proposals that were published in this summer’s proposed rule. Click here to review TOA’s summary of the proposed rule. Click here…

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Medicare Is Considering a Renewal of the CJR Program

September 3, 2019

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing a three-year extension of the Comprehensive Center for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. CJR, which focuses on hip and knee replacement bundles, debuted in 2016. It is scheduled to end in 2020. Sixty-seven geographic areas, including five Texas regions, were included in the initial mandate.…

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Q&A with Karl Koenig, MD

July 9, 2018

Integrated Practice Units and the Perioperative Surgical Home: What’s on the Horizon? Q&A with Karl Koenig, MD Karl Koenig, MD, MS is the Medical Director for the Musculoskeletal Institute at UT Health Austin. He specializes in treatment of hip and knee arthritis including both primary and revision surgery. Dr. Koenig has a special interest in…

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