Raja Sékaran, Member of the Firm in the Health Care & Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s San Francisco office, was quoted in Law360 Healthcare Authority, in “Divisive Cost Cap Deadline Looms for Calif. Healthcare Cos.,” by Gianna Ferrarin. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

California healthcare attorneys, already hard at work with clients navigating tighter oversight on corporate deals and an impending $25-an-hour minimum wage for healthcare workers, are now facing another big regulatory shift …

These concerns are shared by a broad range of healthcare entities, Epstein Becker Green member Raja Sékaran told Law360.

"It's one of those rare times where the medical groups and the physicians as represented by the California Medical Association, as well as the hospitals and the health systems — that they can agree that this is concerning to them," Sékaran said.

Sékaran, who was previously senior counsel within the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said the target threatens to add further pressure on healthcare providers — particularly those in rural areas — operating on thin margins.

"That's why there's so much consolidation in the market, because the margins are so narrow —they're sometimes too narrow for independent actors," Sékaran said.

"Sometimes the best of intentions can lead to sour outcomes in the execution and administration of something like a price control type of mechanism and policy," he added.

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