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PDF Icon Small Workforce Disruptions Hit Healthcare
In the wake of an economic recession and with unemployment rates hovering over seven percent, the healthcare workforce is experiencing a disruption of its own, i.e., a current and expected future healthcare provider shortage. (Read more...)

PDF Icon Small Gainsharing Comment Period Extended
CMS has extended the comment period for the 2009 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, issued on November 19, 2008 to allow for comments regarding the proposed exception to the Starks Law related to allowing for certain types of incentive payments or shared savings programs. (Read more...)

PDF Icon Small OIG Limits Stark Law Violation Self Disclosure Protocol
In an Open Letter to Healthcare Providers on March 24, 2009, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) stated its intention, effectively immediately, to no longer use its Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol (SDP) to resolve issues that involve only Stark violations (Read more...)

HCC Background
Founded in 1993, HCC has developed significant research resources; a staff of experienced professionals with strong credentials; a dedication to the discipline of process and planning; and, an organizational commitment to quality client service as the core ingredients for the cost-effective delivery of professional consulting services. HCC has served a diverse range of healthcare industry & medical professional clients in over 45 states including hospitals & health systems (both tax exempt & for profit); outpatient & ambulatory facilities; management services organizations; clinics, solo & group private practices in a full range of medical specialties, subspecialties & allied health professions; managed care organizations; biotechnology and pharmaceutical ventures; ancillary service providers; disease management firms; Federal and State agencies; public health and safety agencies; other related healthcare enterprises and agencies; and, these clients´┐Ż advisory professionals, e.g., their consulting, legal and accounting firms.

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