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Stark Law Considerations for Growing Urgent Care Practice

1.25 hour Audio and Power Point Presentation
Recorded September 24, 2015

Navigating the regulatory world can be challenging for any health care business. Learn soup to nuts about the Stark Law -- everything from the basics of the law, issues unique to urgent care operations, and how to structure permissable financial arrangements with physicians to provide a platform for innovation and growth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recite the basics of the Stark Law
  • Identify the Stark Law and exceptions applicable to urgent care operations and business opportunities
  • Review financial arrangements with physicians in the urgent care environment in light of the Stark Law requirements
  • Recognize the legal parameters applicable to the interplay between urgent care center ancillary revenues (clinical lab, imaging, PT) and structuring physician compensation
  • Evaluate growth opportunities in light of the requirements of the Stark Law

Faculty Bio: Debbi Johnstone, J.D.  partner with the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright, is an accomplished lawyer, with over 25 years of experience. Debbi's practice focuses exclusively on the health care industry. She has worked on matters involving joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, hospital-physician contracting, and physician recruitment and employment. Debbi has a special practice focus on compliance and reimbursement matters. She has significant experience advising clients on federal and state government anti-kickback, physician self-referral (Stark Law), false claims, civil monetary penalty and related sanctions, as well as coverage and payment under Medicare and Medicaid. She was certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2002. Education: 1980 - J.D., cum laude, Indiana University School of Law 1977 - B.A., Political Science, Northwestern University Professional honors: Lawyer of the Year, Houston: Healthcare Law, Best Lawyers, 2012 The Best Lawyers in America, Healthcare Law, Best Lawyers, 1995-2015 Texas Women Lawyers, Best Lawyers, 2014 Chambers USA, Texas: Health Care, Band 1 (2014-2015), Chambers & Partners, 2005-2015 Chambers USA, Nationwide: Healthcare (Transactional), Band 2 (2014-2015), Chambers & Partners, 2011, 2013-2015 Texas Super Lawyers, health care, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2015 Texas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women, Thomson Reuters, 2008, 2010-2015 Texas Super Lawyers, Top 100 Houston, Thomson Reuters, 2010, 2012-2015 Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012-2015 Representative experience: Representation of health care providers in structuring arrangements to comply with the Stark Law, federal and state anti-kickback laws, corporate practice of medicine restrictions and related health laws Representation of hospitals in self-disclosure of potential violations to HHS OIG, DOJ, CMS and Texas Medicaid Representation of hospitals and other providers in various affiliation, merger and acquisition transactions Representation of health care entities in forming joint ventures to operate hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care centers, imaging and radiation therapy facilities.

Financial Disclosure:  Norton Rose Fulbright, Salaried

Credit Information:

Designation Statement
The Urgent Care Association of America designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1.25 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Credit for this course is good for 1 year after purchase.

Urgent Care Management Certificate (UCMC) Credit 
This course is designated for 1 credit of Legal & Regulaotry towards the Urgent Care Management Certificate.

Submitting for Credit:  

If you would like to submit for either of the credit above, once you complete the activity you must submit for credit you will need to complete the 5 question exam.  You must answer 3 out of 5 correctly to receive credit.  Your credit will be placed in your profile under Professional Development or click on "My Credits".  Email with questions.  

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