CHICAGO (August 25, 2010) — In the months since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted, hospital and health system senior management have been inundated with advisories, articles, and seminars summarizing the provisions of the health care reform law and its cadre of new requirements. But until now, very little has been written explaining exactly what actions hospital and health system executives should evaluate and implement.
Recognizing the need for clear guidance in this area, global law firm McDermott Will & Emery has issued “Health System Reform: An Implementation Checklist for Hospitals.” This guide is designed as a desktop reference for hospital and health system management who are now coming to grips with the most sweeping changes to U.S. health care in a generation. McDermott Will & Emery health lawyers – the team recently ranked “Health Team of the Year” by Chambers USA – have prepared this publication to help make sense of the new health care reform law, and provide specific action steps for health institutions.
“In today’s resource-constrained health care environment, it’s not enough to simply describe what the reform law requires hospitals and health systems to do,” observed Michael Peregrine, a partner in McDermott’s Health Industry Practice Group. “Organizations need a clear plan of action in responding to these changes, and that’s what this checklist provides.”
Specifically, the checklist provides senior management with implementation recommendations to address key themes of the health care reform law: fraud and abuse enforcement, insurance reforms, reimbursement, employment matters, tax-exempt status, information technology, corporate governance and, especially, strategic alliances.
“The checklist follows our earlier Health Reform webcast which provided an overview of the Act,” said Eric Zimmerman, a partner in the Firm’s Health Industry Practice Group. “It offers hospitals and health systems the guidance needed to address the various requirements of the legislation and helps navigate this new health care landscape.”
McDermott Will & Emery has one of the largest and most prestigious health law departments in the world, counseling leading organizations in every major sector of the health and life sciences industry on regulatory and business transaction issues. Clients include integrated delivery systems, hospitals, large physician group practices, physician and dental practice management companies, ambulatory care clients, nursing homes, visiting nurse associations, home health agencies, health maintenance organizations, and other forms of alternative delivery systems and hospices, as well as medical device, pharmaceutical, and medical supply manufacturers and distributors.
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, the Firm has offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Rome, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. and also has a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.