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Attending Conferences

An Estes Park Institute conference is an opportunity for your hospital’s physicians, trustees and executives – as a team – to hear the same insights and find solutions together. Even the leaders of your medical staff and new trustees benefit from a curriculum focused on leadership development and health care strategic planning. With specialized program tracks, as well as dynamic general and interactive sessions, each conference can be easily tailored to meet the immediate needs of your hospital’s trustees, executives and medical staff leadership.

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Stark Law Information

The Stark law provides that if a hospital has a financial relationship with a physician, the relationship must fit within a specific exception in the law. Because the term "financial relationship" is so broadly defined in the Stark law, any arrangement where anything of value passes from a hospital to a physician could implicate the law. This would include expense reimbursement, indemnification, or covering expenses (including airfare, hotel and meals at seminars) commonly provided to medical staff leaders, when attending conferences at the request of the hospital. The Stark law provides an exception permitting personal service arrangements. Those arrangements fit within the exception if the expense and any compensation are reasonable and the arrangement is committed to writing. That is why having a written contract in the form of a letter agreement is essential when a physician leader is asked to attend a conference. The following letter agreement can be used to memorialize that a medical staff leader is performing personal services at the request of and for the purpose of advancing the mission of the hospital, in order to prevent an inadvertent violation of the Stark law. Download Letter Agreement (PDF).

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