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FMVantage Point™: Valuing Continuing Medical Education ("CME") Credits

February 20, 2018 Adam L. Slotnick, MSPH, MA

Published: 02/20/2018 | Author: Adam L. Slotnick, MSPH, MA

In order to maintain licensure in the state in which they practice medicine,1 physicians and other medical professionals must earn a set number of hours of CME credit during each reporting period.2  State licensing boards grant credit for participation in only those CME events offered [...]


Transitioning Physicians to Value-Based Payment in A Regulatory Minefield: Will a New Interagency Task Force Lead the Way?

January 25, 2018 Andrea Ferrari, JD, MPH

Published: 01/25/2018 | Author: Andrea M. Ferrari, JD, MPH 

Since at least 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is the Federal agency responsible for enforcing the Federal Physician Self-Referral Law (commonly known as the “Stark Law”), has acknowledged incongruity between the existing Federal law and regulations [...]


New OIG Advisory Opinion: Implications for FMV in Physician Gainsharing

January 10, 2018 Andrea Ferrari

Published: 01/10/2018 | Author: Andrea M. Ferrari, JD, MPH 

On January 5, 2018, the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) posted a new Advisory Opinion addressing a proposed physician gainsharing arrangement. This Advisory Opinion, No. 17-09[1], is the first time that the OIG has opined [...]


Student Loan Repayment and Physician Employment

Published: 12/12/2017 | Authors: Scott M. Safriet, CVA, MBA & Elizabeth Cohen, JD

For physicians that have recently completed their medical education, student loan repayment is an often asked for benefit when contemplating employment opportunities.  However, while not technically cash in hand to the physician, it is nonetheless considered a [...]


Searching for Doctor McDreamy: Specialty Hospitalist Arrangements and Fair Market Value

November 21, 2017 Andrew L. Worthington

Published: 11/21/2017 | Author: Andrew L. Worthington

The combination of healthcare industry consolidation and physician shortages can leave hospitals with few options to secure coverage by specialist physicians. Oftentimes, the traditional on-call arrangement may not be sufficient to secure consistent coverage of hospital-based service lines. [...]


42 Million Reasons to Consider FMV in Marketing Arrangements

Published: 11/10/2017 | Authors: Daniel Levin, CFA & Nicholas Janiga, ASA

Over the past few years, marketing arrangements have drawn increased scrutiny from government regulators.  As an example, on June 28, 2017, the United States Department of Justice announced that a hospital located in Los Angeles, California had agreed to pay $42 million [...]