Health Capital Topics 2018

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This book is a compilation of excerpts from articles originally published in the newsletter, Health Capital Topics, which have been organized by topic in relation to the Four Pillars concept.

Health Capital Topics is a monthly e-newsletter, which has been published by Health Capital Consultants since 2007, featuring timely topics related to the regulatory, reimbursement, competition, and technology aspects of the U.S. healthcare delivery environment. It is sent monthly to over 18,000 healthcare executives, physicians, attorneys, accountants, and other professionals in the healthcare industry. Copies of past Health Capital Topics newsletters, as well as special alert issues, can be found at

Some of the articles represent a retrospective look at a topic as noted by the date of original publication that appears following the article title. The intent of this book is to serve as an (admittedly abridged) brief annual primer and reference source for these issues. In the months and years ahead, we will strive to continue staying on top of key issues in the healthcare industry and presenting them in the monthly e-publication issues of Health Capital Topics and special alert issues. 

Table of Contents


The Due Diligence Imperative (Six-Part Series)

Valuation of Healthcare Service Enterprises for Purposes of Private Equity Investment (Three-Part Series) 

What's Your Brand Worth? (Four-Part Series)

The New Kid on the Block: Micro-Hospitals (Five-Part Series)

Management Services Agreements: Considerations for Fair Market Value

Trade Secrets: Fair Market Value Considerations

Valuation of Urgent Care Centers in an Era of Reform


CMS Publishes 2018 Payment Rate Updates

Massive Cuts Made to 340B Prescription Drug Discount Program

Healthcare Spending Slows in 2016

Checking up on Healthcare’s Hot Trend: Value-Based Reimbursement

The Implications of Medicaid Expansion on Hospital Finances and Viability

Trump Administration Continues Incremental Efforts to Overhaul U.S. Healthcare

MedPAC Outlines Proposed MIPS Replacement Program

MedPAC Votes to Lower Urban Freestanding Emergency Department Payments

CMS Inpatient Reimbursement Rate Updates Proposed for 2019

2019 Physician Payment Proposed Rule – Cutting the Red Tape

CMS's Continued Payment System Overhaul: OPPS Proposed Rule

Nonprofit Hospital Executive Salaries Outpace Those of Clinicians 


Department of Justice Recovers $3.7 Billion in False Claims Act Cases

Healthcare Reform Update

CMS to Review Stark Law Relevance Once Again

CMS Seeks Comments on Anti-Kickback Statute Reform

SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Paper Trail & Potential Influence on U.S. Healthcare Laws

CMS Proposes Revamp of Federal ACO Program

340B’s Uphill Legal Battle for Hospital Associations


CVS Announces Potential Acquisition of Aetna

Physician Manpower Utilization & The Role of Non-Physician Providers

Hospitals Form Pharmaceutical Company to Combat Rising Drug Prices

Capitalism in U.S. Healthcare: The Case of Walmart


FDA Announces Approval of a Digital Pill that Tracks Pill Consumption

Amazon Joint Venture to Create Healthcare Company

Renewed Public & Private Efforts to Increase Access to Patient Data


Firm Background

HCC Leadership