Tom Watson is the managing partner of BKD’s Dallas-Waco practice. Prior to assuming the managing partner role, he was BKD’s South Region healthcare industry leader. Watson has nearly two decades of experience, providing services to health systems, hospitals and other healthcare entities. He works with a variety of health care providers, ranging from large urban hospital systems to rural community providers. Watson also has assisted clients with Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement matters, litigation support, cost report preparation and analysis, strategic planning, and feasibility studies.

OIG Advisory Opinion Engenders Hospital-Physician Collaboration

Federal efforts for several years, including “Obamacare,” have focused on encouraging consolidation in a historically fragmented industry.  This has been driven through incentive programs (EHR funding, eRx, Medicare’s Shared Savings (ACO) Program, etc.) and through targeted cuts in reimbursement (to physician ancillaries, outpatient services, readmissions, and the general legislated slowdown in future rate increases). In the face of these pressures, there has been a significant amount of consolidation and other non-employment alignment arrangements.  However, there are a variety of rules that prohibit both payment for referrals and incentivizing a reduction in healthcare services to federal healthcare beneficiaries (the Anti-kickback Statute,… Full Story

American Taxpayer Relief Act and the Impact on Healthcare Providers

With all the discussion over the last few weeks about the impact of changes in income tax rates and at what income level they should apply, it would be easy to miss some key non-tax items included in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). Although ATRA was not a grand budget deal, it does include several provisions that will impact hospitals and physicians. ATRA Medicare/Medicaid Provisions ATRA includes a number of Medicare and Medicaid provisions. Most notably, Congress passed a “doc fix” that yet again kicks the can down the road on an approximately 26 percent reduction in… Full Story