Structuring Physician Timeshare Arrangements: Leveraging the Stark Exception, Navigating the Limitations

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide guidance to healthcare counsel on the Stark timeshare arrangement exception and the challenges of the exception. The panel will examine the requirements and limitations and offer guidance for structuring a timeshare arrangement to ensure compliance with Stark, federal anti-kickback statute (AKS) and other regulations.

Description

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2015 published the most significant changes to the Stark law since 2008. Among the exceptions established by the CMS was the timeshare exception. This exception permits physicians, hospitals or other physician groups to share “space, equipment, personnel, items, supplies or services” through non-exclusive timeshare arrangements.

To take advantage of the exception, certain conditions must be met. For example, the physician cannot be an owner, employee or contractor—regardless of which party grants and which party receives permission to use the premises, equipment, personnel, items, supplies and services of the other party.

Also, when structuring the arrangement, counsel should consider that in the final rule CMS compared a timeshare arrangement with a license, referring to the parties to a timeshare arrangement as licensor and licensee.

Further, hospitals, physician organizations and physicians that are currently in or considering entering into a timeshare arrangement should review the new rule and exception to ensure compliance with the requirements and understand its limitations.

Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys reviews the Stark exception for timeshare arrangements and the requirements to meet the exception. The panel will also discuss the challenges that have arisen and what providers and their counsel are doing to overcome those challenges. The panel will also look at structuring the timeshare arrangement to ensure compliance with AKS and overcoming the practical challenges in structuring compliant timeshare leasing arrangements.

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Outline

  1. Stark exception for timeshare arrangements and the requirements to meet the exception
  2. Challenges that have arisen and what providers and their counsel are doing to overcome those issues
  3. Structuring the timeshare arrangement to ensure compliance with Stark and AKS
  4. Overcoming the practical challenges in structuring compliant timeshare leasing arrangements

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How has the Stark exception changed the landscape for timesharing agreements?
  • What limitations still exist with timeshare arrangements?
  • What strategies should counsel employ to ensure Stark and AKS compliance when structuring timeshare agreements?

Faculty

Hindmand , Rick
Rick L. Hindmand

Member
McDonald Hopkins

Mr. Hindman focuses his practice on healthcare regulatory, data privacy, cybersecurity, corporate, and...  |  Read More

Stanger, Kim
Kim C. Stanger

Partner
Holland & Hart

Mr. Stanger's practice focuses on healthcare transactions, including practitioner and payor contracts, joint...  |  Read More

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