Happy New Year To California’s Rural Hospitals: New Corporate Practice Of Medicine Exception Effective January 1, 2017
Published: January 10, 2017
Effective January 1, 2017, certain rural hospitals joined the list of providers specifically exempted from the Corporate Practice of Medicine (“CPM”) ban in California, which otherwise prohibits the employment of physicians and other medical professionals by corporations and other artificial legal entities. By signing AB 2024 on September 23, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown amended California Business and Professions Code Section 2401, allowing applicable hospitals to directly employ physicians and bill for their services. According to the bill’s lead author, Assemblymember Jim Wood, the exception purports to create a pathway and incentive for physicians to practice in underserved rural communities.