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Diamonds in the Rough: 4 Examples of Adaptive Reuse Health Care Projects

[04/12/19]

Posted on April 12, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

As more hospitals and hospital systems merge and consolidate, as well as focus their time and attention on providing more outpatient care, recent market trends suggest adaptive reuse projects will become increasingly relevant to health care providers. As a follow-up to a recent Hall Render article defining “adaptive reuse” and outlining the incentives and challenges... READ MORE

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Adaptive Reuse of Health Care Facilities: Understanding the Basics

[03/26/19]

Posted on March 26, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

For nearly 30 years, Palm Valley Cinema provided the community of Goodyear, Arizona with the biggest, newest Hollywood movie releases, from Saving Private Ryan to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, until it closed in 2016. However, new plans for the cinema will be focused on saving patients rather than providing a source of... READ MORE

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Potential Changes in Reimbursement May Jeopardize Leasing Arrangements with Dialysis Providers

[03/06/19]

Posted on March 6, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

During a speech on March 4, 2019, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced that the Trump administration plans to overhaul the Medicare payment system for certain dialysis services provided to patients with end-stage renal disease. The overhaul, as envisioned, would incentivize moving the place of treatment from outpatient clinics to home... READ MORE

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Pending Real Estate-Related FCA Cases to Watch

[03/01/19]

Posted on March 1, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Over the years, there have been a number of federal cases involving allegations that health care providers used improper real estate arrangements to induce referrals. Recently, two real estate-related cases have made headlines. Hospitals should pay careful consideration to the following two cases. Serial Whistleblower Seeks to Overturn Ruling Involving Alleged Cash-Flow Subsidies under... READ MORE

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Inside the Numbers: Four Key Takeaways from S&P, Fitch and Moody’s 2019 Outlooks for the Nonprofit Health Sector

[02/04/19]

Posted on February 4, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

S&P Global Ratings, Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service recently released their Nonprofit Healthcare 2019 Outlooks, which are largely consistent with 2018, despite changes in the health care industry over the past year. Fitch and Moody’s issued negative outlooks for the nonprofit health care sector, while S&P’s sector outlook was stable. Despite their differing... READ MORE

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Salary Shaming: Oregon Considers Bill Tying Hospital-Based Property Tax Exemptions to Employee and Executive Compensation

[01/30/19]

Posted on January 30, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Oregon State Legislature is considering a bill that bases the determination of tax-exemption for hospital property on the relationship between hospital executives’ compensation and the amount of charity care provided by the hospital. While a number of other states have passed legislation that threatens a hospital’s property tax-exempt status where a hospital fails... READ MORE

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Five Leasing Strategies Health Care Providers Can Learn from Starbucks

[07/23/18]

Posted on July 23, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Health care providers can learn a thing or two from Starbucks. Similar to Starbucks, health care providers are creditworthy and desirable tenants and should leverage that desirability to negotiate better leases. These five strategies have helped make Starbucks a leader is the retail world, and health care providers would do well to implement the... READ MORE

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The Top Three Ways Tax Reform Will Affect Health Care Real Estate

[05/29/18]

Posted on May 29, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On December 22, 2017, the president signed into law H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “TCJA”), which will apply to 2018 income for tax filings in 2019. The TCJA includes a number of commercial real estate provisions, several of which could create significant new opportunities specific to the health care sector.... READ MORE

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Payments in Lieu of Taxes: Five Things Providers Should Know

[12/01/16]

Posted on December 1, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In recent years, increasing numbers of municipalities have asked health care entities that might otherwise be exempt from property taxes to enter into payment in lieu of taxes agreements (“PILOTs”). While most prevalent in the Northeast Region of the country, PILOTs are expanding in popularity nationwide as municipalities seek to expand their budgets by... READ MORE

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CMS Finalizes Rule Affecting Holdovers in Space Leasing Arrangements Under the Stark Law

[11/23/15]

Posted on November 23, 2015 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Overview On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the final rule (“Final Rule”)1 in follow up to the proposed rule published in July 2015 pertaining to payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2016 (“Proposed Rule”). In addition to changes to the Physician Fee Schedule and other... READ MORE

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