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Alternative Financing Solutions: Intellectual Property-Backed Loans
Waller, September 2020

As the world begins to adjust to the short and long-term impact and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are seeking ways to preserve cash on their balance sheets while simultaneously raising funds to ensure a continuation of operations. One option to consider is using the company’s intellectual property (IP) portfolio as collateral for funding...

That Was Then and This Is Now: How the COVID-19 Crisis Changed Telehealth Services
Waller, September 2020

Historically, telehealth services were limited both in reimbursement and location. Most encounters took place for purposes of rural health treatment and in underserved areas as a way to get specialized treatment to patients in geographic locations where they would not otherwise have treatment options. The use of telehealth services has increased in recent years...

Alternative IPO Methods Gain Traction as NYSE Direct Listings are Approved by the SEC
Waller, August 2020

In a year that has already seen explosive growth in the alternative initial public offering space, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has gotten approval to allow companies to raise capital through a primary direct listing on the NYSE. The NYSE submitted its proposal relating to direct primary listings in November 2019, and had amended the proposal twice in an effort to satisfy the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is the NYSE's primary regulator...

Get Your Drinks To Go or Delivered to Your Home
Waller, August 2020

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has extended the executive order allowing carryout and delivery of beer, wine and spirits for restaurants. Restaurants, limited-service restaurants and wine-only restaurants can continue to sell carryout and deliver alcoholic beverages and beer. There is no additional license or permission needed to deliver. Lee extended the privilege through to 11:59 pm September 30, which brings welcome certainty to an industry battered by the pandemic...

The Health System Growth Imperative Charting Opportunities During the Pandemic and Beyond
Waller, August 2020

Executive summary The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for smaller hospitals and health systems. It has presented significant challenges to smaller, less capitalized and otherwise distressed healthcare providers. In terms of operating performance, half of our country’s hospitals reported negative margins as Q1 of 2020...

Tennessee enacts COVID-19 Recovery Act
Waller, August 2020

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed into law the Tennessee COVID-19 Recovery Act which provides liability protection from claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Waller Government Relations team worked closely with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and various stakeholders in recent months to achieve passage of the Tennessee COVID-19 Recovery Act...

CMS Announces Initiative to Transform Rural Health
Waller, August 2020

A new reimbursement model intended to address healthcare access and availability in rural communities was introduced by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. The Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model will “provide up-front investments and predictable, capitated payments that pay for quality and patient outcomes,” according to CMS...

Physician Practice M&A: A Pandemic-Inspired 6-Step Checklist for Sellers
Waller, August 2020

As healthcare providers pursue transactions during and in the wake of COVID-19, both buyers and targets should prepare for heightened scrutiny during the due diligence process. Getting organized ahead of a sale can dramatically expedite timelines and reduce deal fatigue for all parties, particularly in light of the heavier-than-normal due diligence process as a result of the pandemic. Click here for a full PDF of this report...

Office of the Future: COVID-19 is Changing How and Where we Work
Waller, August 2020

COVID-19 is having a transformational impact on American workplaces, which has short- and long-term consequences. Waller partners Bo Campbell and Aron Karabel join this episode to address the transformation. Campbell, a leader on Waller's real estate team, discusses the impacts on commercial leasing and how the work-from-home phenomenon will impact office trends and future development projects. Here is a transcript of the conversation: Morgan Ribeiro, Host Welcome to PointByPoint...

HHS Commits to Release Reporting Requirements for Provider Relief Funds on August 17
Waller, July 2020

Since the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Funds (PRF) first started arriving in provider bank accounts on April 10, 2020, HHS has stated that it will issue additional guidance “soon” on mandatory reporting requirements on how use of funds must be reported. The PRF funds are among the funds Congress appropriated to reimburse eligible healthcare providers for healthcare-related expenses or lost revenues attributable to COVID-19...

Virginia Becomes First State to Enact COVID-19 Occupational Safety Requirements
Waller, July 2020

Virginia is now the first state in the nation to enact mandatory occupational safety standards regarding COVID-19. The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s health and safety board voted 9-2 on July 15 to adopt an “Emergency Temporary Standard” which requires employers to implement measures to protect employees from COVID-19...

Reflections on the Supreme Court — Past and Present
Waller, July 2020

When I became a judicial law clerk right out of law school, my boss, a federal judge in Houston, Texas, explained to me that the goal of his job (and therefore mine) was to find the right answer and do the right thing. That was, in a sense, easy enough. Research the law, and figure out how it applies to the particular facts of each case — because following the law is the right thing to do. Of course, judges will disagree about how the law should apply...

Loosening of Volcker Rule Gives Banks Flexibility with Hedge, Private Equity Funds
Waller, July 2020

On June 25, five federal regulatory agencies, including the federal banking agencies,[1] finalized changes to the Volcker rule that reduce margin requirements for derivatives trades and loosen restrictions on banking entities’ ability to invest in, sponsor or maintain certain relationships with hedge funds and private equity funds — known as “covered funds” under the Volcker rule...

Medicare May Permanently Allow Some Home Health Visits to Occur via Telehealth but it Could Cost You
Waller, July 2020

The impacts of COVID-19 appear set to permanently expand telehealth and fundamentally transform how and where providers practice. Shortly after the start of the pandemic, CMS made major temporary federal policy changes in response to the pandemic, including expanding access to telehealth services for people with Medicare, such as home health visits, and reimbursement for additional services when furnished via telehealth...

Could Telehealth Expansion be an Area of Healthcare Reform with Bipartisan Support?
Waller, July 2020

The use of telehealth skyrocketed during the COVID-19 public health emergency, as many regulatory barriers restricting its use were temporarily removed at the federal and state level and by private payors. Providers and patients adapted to the changes and are now relying on these flexibilities to deliver and receive high quality virtual care. This rapid expansion of the use of telehealth has ignited the need for permanent telehealth reform...

FTC Commissioner Expresses Concern over Private Equity Roll-Ups in Healthcare
Waller, July 2020

Rohit Chopra, the head of the Federal Trade Commission, recently issued a statement regarding private equity roll-ups in connection with the FTC’s annual report to Congress related to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act. The full text of the statement can be found here...

Case Study: Waller Guides Promise Healthcare through Successful Chapter 11 Process
Waller, July 2020

CHALLENGE Promise Healthcare Group, LLC was one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers focused on post-acute care services. The investor-owned company operated two freestanding medical-surgical hospitals, 14 long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs), and two skilled nursing facilities. The company also had 45 affiliates across eight states...

Nashville Bars Shuttered, Restaurants Reduced to 50 Percent Capacity and Bar Seating Closed
Waller, July 2020

Metro Nashville has issued clarifying guidance for re-entering revised Phase Two, which begins July 3, 2020. Citing the spike in cases reported after the Memorial Day holiday, Mayor Cooper intends to prevent a new outbreak from large crowds celebrating the Fourth of July in Nashville’s Lower Broad. Dr...

Tennessee Extends Alcohol Carryout and Delivery August 29
Waller, June 2020

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has extended the executive order allowing drive-through, carryout and delivery of beer, wine and spirits for restaurants. Read Executive Order 50 here. Restaurants, limited-service restaurants and wine-only restaurants can continue to sell carryout and deliver alcoholic beverages and beer. There is no additional license or permission needed to deliver...

Bending COVID-19 Rules until they Break
Waller, June 2020

We are seeing significant upticks in state responses to violations of COVID-19 safety orders. Hours ago (June 26), Florida suspended all sales of alcohol at bars. The state broke the news via Twitter. Florida Gov...

5 Ways Healthcare REIT Sector will Change because of COVID-19
Waller, June 2020

Amid the unprecedented changes wracking the business world in 2020, one certainty remains: many industries will look very different in future years as strategic responses to COVID-19 gain traction and become permanent. In the healthcare REIT sector, we are beginning to see trends that may shape industry norms long after the dust has settled from the chaos of 2020. 1...

Will Metro Nashville Beer Board Enforce Health Violations for COVID?
Waller, June 2020

Folks are all abuzz about the June 18, 2020 “Emergency Meeting” of the Metro Nashville Beer Board. The Beer Board has cited the following: Moxy Downtown Kid Rock’s Broadway Brewhouse Downtown Nudie’s Click for a copy of the notice of the meeting...

Pennies from Heaven for Tennessee Small Business
Waller, June 2020

We are pleased to share the following summary about the Tennessee Business Relief Program. Key takeaways are: The money does not have to be paid back Revenue hopes to start disbursing in early July Unlike PPP and other relief programs, there is no application. A huge shout-out for the excellent summary to Jim Schmidt and Sharon Michie from the Tennessee’s Brewer’s Guild...

HHS Portal Opens for Dentists to Request COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds
Waller, June 2020

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced how dentists who bill Medicaid can now access a $15 billion Provider Relief Fund allocated by the CARES Act to cover COVID-related expenses and losses...

New Law Provides Significant Reforms Flexibility for PPP Borrowers
Waller, June 2020

On June 5, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “Act”) into law, providing several important modifications to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) that PPP borrowers should know about...

 

 

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