Developing Stark Compliant Physician Practice Acquisitions

60 Minutes
Joseph Wolfe
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Several of the recent Stark Law cases and settlements have highlighted the risks of acquiring physician practices.

In this webinar, Mr. Wolfe will discuss why these contracts must satisfy a Stark Law exception, and why compensation paid under the acquisition and in the post-transaction services arrangement must both be at fair market value and on terms that are commercial reasonable.

He will also discuss key features of effective and defensible contracts. The webinar will include practical strategies that health care executives can use to enhance the defensibility of these arrangements, including potential features of an organizational policy.

Why should you Attend: In recent years, the health care industry has seen unprecedented consolidation. Many health care organizations are still buying up physician practices, and then employing the physician post-acquisition.

It's critical for health care leaders to understand the rules surrounding these practice acquisitions so they can spot and address issues to help mitigate risk. Many health care organizations are developing policies that outline the structures, rates of compensation and documentation that are required when entering into physician practice acquisitions.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Provide a General Regulatory Overview
  • Examine Critical Regulatory Requirements Related to Physician Practice Acquisitions
  • Discuss Best Practices for Drafting Purchase Agreements and the Related Financial Terms
  • Discuss Best Practice for Drafting Post Transactions Service Arrangements (e.g., Employment, Professional Services, etc.) and the Related Financial Terms
  • Review Processes for Documenting Fair Market value and Commercial Reasonableness
  • Review Features of an Organizational Policy Focused on Acquiring Physician Practices

Who Will Benefit:
  • In-House Counsel
  • Health Care Compliance Officers
  • Health Care Human Resources
  • Health Care CFOs
  • Health Care Executives

Speaker Profile
Joseph Wolfe is an attorney with Hall Render, the largest healthcare-focused law firm in the country. Mr. Wolfe supports high-performing hospitals, health systems, medical groups, and other healthcare organizations nationwide on complex financial, legal, regulatory, and strategic issues both as a consultant and attorney, depending on the scope of support, client preference, and need. He is a frequent speaker for most of the national healthcare trade associations and has given over 200 in-person, web-based, and podcast presentations in recent years. He is the leader of Hall Render’s healthcare regulatory practice group and currently serves as the vice chair of educational programming for the American Health Law Association’s Fraud & Abuse Practice Group. He is licensed as an attorney in both Florida and Wisconsin.

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