Forming Rural Health Networks: A Legal Primer

Alpha Center

This legal primer is the first in a series of technical assistance reports produced under the Networking for Rural Health project, an initiative to strengthen the rural health care delivery system by fostering the development of rural health networks. The resource seeks to assist rural communities with the complex legal issues raised in forming a rural health network. It examines three major legal areas: (1) governance, (2) tax-exemption and (3) antitrust. The resource also briefly highlights additional legal issues involving (1) fraud and abuse, (2) self-referral, (3) insurance and health plan regulation, and (4) torts. These issues, while important to networks just beginning to form, are of increasing importance during network operation.

This initiative was directed by the Alpha Center with funding through a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The primer was published in October 1999.