August - 2015

Conversation With: John Thomas, The Man Who Helped Bring REITs To North Texas

In the early 2000s, John “JT” Thomas was general counsel for what was then known as the Baylor Health Care System. He spent five years there, assisting in what was one of the first healthcare Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) in the Dallas area. Baylor decided to cut a deal with Healthcare Realty Trust, a Nashville, Tennessee-based medical office REIT.

CMS Issues Sweeping Proposed Rule with Many Stark Law Modifications

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule pertaining to payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2016 (“Proposed Rule”).1 In addition to changes to the Physician Fee Schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies, the Proposed Rule also addressed many potential modifications to the Stark Law, including the creation of new exceptions and guidance on CMS’s interpretation of existing Stark Law exceptions.

Look to Healthcare REITs for Income

With Baby Boomers entering old age, U.S. demographics favor one particular sector: healthcare. And within that sector, investors seeking sizable yet stable dividend returns may want to look at healthcare and senior housing real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Large Nonprofits Seeing Better Margins as Smaller Hospitals Struggle, Fitch Report Says

Nonprofit healthcare providers are starting to see better margins, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings, but the gap is widening between major health systems and smaller nonprofits that are struggling to stay out of the red.

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