Physician Hospital Organizations

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CMS Grants First Waiver of Stark Law Expansion Restrictions—Are More Ahead?

Are changes to the landscape of physician hospital ownership ahead? The Affordable Care Act amended the federal Stark Law to eliminate the “whole hospital exception” that permitted self-referrals provided the referring...more

FTC's Success in St. Luke's Challenge Shows Litigation Risks to Merging Hospitals and Physicians

In the first fully litigated challenge by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to a hospital acquisition of physician practices, a federal district court judge ruled that St. Luke’s Health System’s (St. Luke’s) acquisition of a...more

FTC Victory in Idaho Hospital-Physician Acquisition Case Should be a Wake-Up Call for Future and Past Deals

The ink is still drying on the Idaho federal district court’s order requiring St. Luke’s Health System (“St. Luke’s”) to unwind its acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”) – a for-profit, physician-owned,...more

Norman Physician Hospital Organization — Factors Supporting Clinical Integration

Clinical integration is a somewhat imprecisely defined concept in the health care industry. Lawyers and health care executives have identified components and elements of clinical integration and frequently ask how many of...more

Discussions Among Physician Groups - Avoiding Antitrust Issues

Driven by Federal Health Care Reform and a desire to remain independent of hospitals and health care systems, physician groups are actively exploring different collaborative and alignment options, including the formation of...more

Hospital-Physician Mergers: Practical Issues and Steps to Minimize Antitrust Risk

Recently, hospitals have been actively acquiring primary care and specialty physician groups, resulting in the employment of those physicians. This trend has occurred largely in response to reimbursement changes and other...more

FTC's Norman PHO Advisory Opinion - New Clinical Integration Guidance, Same Antitrust Analysis

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provided its first guidance for clinically integrated networks since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the joint FTC/DOJ Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Antitrust Policy...more

FTC Staff Issues Favorable Clinical Integration Advisory Opinion That It Does Not Intend to Challenge Proposed Formation of...

On February 13, 2013, the FTC issued an advisory opinion letter that it did not plan to challenge the proposed creation of the Norman Physician Hospital Organization (“Norman PHO”)—which includes approximately 280...more

FTC Issues Another Favorable Clinical Integration Program Advisory Opinion

In a February 13, 2013, advisory opinion, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Competition stated that it has no present intention to recommend that the FTC challenge a clinical integration program (CIP) proposed by...more

FTC Issues First Clinical Integration Advisory Opinion Post-ACA

FTC staff advisory opinions are not issued all that frequently and advisory opinions regarding clinical integration are issued even less frequently. The latest advisory opinion, issued last week, is therefore noteworthy, not...more

FTC Issues Favorable Clinical Integration Advisory Opinion to Norman, Oklahoma PHO

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), much attention has been paid to the antitrust treatment of Accountable Care Organizations, provider ventures contemplated by the ACA that the Federal Trade Commission and...more

Clinically Integrated Networks; The PHOs of the Twenty-First Century?

In This Presentation: - Why Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs) Are Needed? - How Are CINs Similar to PHOs/How They Differ? - What’s In It for Physicians/for Hospitals/Others? - How Are CINs Organized and...more

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