Telehealth FMV & the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020

I’m sure many of you are aware of the recently passed Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020.  This new law relaxes many of the current Medicare criteria in order to rapidly expand the use of telehealth as a resource against COVID-19. Pursuant to this law, the Secretary of HHS has the authority […]

Fair Market Value of Telemedicine Call Coverage

With staffing shortages around the country, many healthcare facilities are calling on retired physicians and mid-levels to take telehealth shifts.  In addition, many ER physicians and other specialists are being asked to work additional hours and take telehealth call.  Needless to say, the demands of healthcare workers are increasing and the correct fair market value […]

Post-Op Co-Management: Fair Market Value & Commercial Reasonableness

Upon completion of cataract or refractive (i.e. LASIK) eye surgery, a series of post-operative exams, evaluations and tests are required. This post-operative care can be performed by the ophthalmologist who performed the surgery or it can be sub-contracted to the patient’s optometrist or another provider.  This type of arrangement is most commonly referred to as […]

What Every Healthcare Attorney Should Know About Appraisals

When attorneys contract with appraisers to issue valuation opinions, there are 5 very important elements that the attorney must know and understand to ensure its proper and effective use.  These may sound elementary, but I find that these elements are commonly misunderstood which can ultimately affect the transaction or the purpose of the appraisal. Subject of Valuation – […]

Fair Market Value of DME Patient Leads and Legal Restrictions

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) companies often purchase sales leads from third-party lead generation companies (LGC). However, DME suppliers need to be conscious and careful about how they pay for sales leads,  especially if their customers/patients participate in the Medicare or Medicaid program for their supplies. Federal healthcare laws are particular when it comes to how healthcare providers, including DME suppliers, obtain […]

Primary Care Physicians’ Compensation on the Rise

According to data obtained from the physician recruiting firm, The Medicus Firm, starting pay for primary care physicians and family practice physicians was up in 2016. Primary Care Physicians • Primary care physician placement salaries were up 11.0% to $227,734 • Signing bonuses for primary care physicians were up 41.0% to $27,799 • Total compensation […]

Physician Payment Sunshine Act and Fair Market Value Compliance: Best Practices

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act puts pharmaceutical and medical device companies under intense scrutiny and exposure. Compensation paid to healthcare professionals (“HCP”) and healthcare institutions for various services, such as speaking, training, product development, R&D, advisory board service and consulting must be at fair market value (“FMV”) or risk being in violation of the Federal […]