The Impact of Stark Laws on Today's Doctor

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The Stark Law is a well-intended law that arose due to problems with physicians referring patients to entities which the doctor had a financial incentive. A patient may have been sent to the doctor’s own lab, when another lab charged less. The law is complicated, frequently modified, and yet doctors are presumed to know it immediately. Ignorance is not an excuse. Compliance is difficult and requires training. Failure to comply results in hefty fines. Although the law was designed to reduce medical costs and prevent self-dealing, it now prevents physicians from providing discounts to its poorest customers.

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