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Speaker, "Co-Location Arrangements: Navigating New CMS Guidance," Strafford webinars

Speaking Engagements

Alison Hollender will present "Co-Location Arrangements: Navigating New CMS Guidance," for Strafford webinars on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Hospitals and healthcare providers are entering into co-location arrangements with other entities, such as physician practices and departments of other hospitals, to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care. The CMS recently issued new guidance for ensuring compliance with co-location arrangements.

CMS provides guidance on how state surveyors evaluate hospital compliance with Medicare hospital conditions of participation (CoPs) in connection with hospital co-location arrangements with other hospitals and healthcare providers. The guidance removed most examples of compliant and noncompliant co-location arrangements. Instead, the CMS provides general statements that hospitals should ensure that co-location arrangements are compliant.

Further, CMS excluded critical access hospitals and private physician offices from the definition of "healthcare providers" in the context of the guidance. However, CMS was silent about whether this means that co-location arrangements with these entities are prohibited, thereby adding to the uncertainty.

Parties to co-location arrangements must grasp the regulatory requirements in order to continue to participate in the Medicare program and compliantly bill for services. Identifying and addressing potential legal and regulatory hurdles is critical.

Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys examines the new CMS guidance for co-location arrangements. The panel will also discuss the considerations when entering a co-location arrangement and the regulatory hurdles involved. The panel will offer best practices for structuring and managing compliant arrangements.

For more information, visit the event website.