Physicians Stark Law

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Proposed Rule Aims to Refine Stark Regulations and Clarify “Incident To”

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the calendar year (CY) 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. In addition to updating several traditional Part B payment policies, the...more

Potential Stark Changes Ahead

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published proposed regulations governing policies and payments made under the Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2016 (the “Proposed Rule”). In...more

Stark Litigation: The Tuomey Saga Draws to a Close

In what may be the penultimate chapter of the long–running saga of the Tuomey case, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the final judgment and award in favor of the government in its case against Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc....more

Non-Stark Law Proposed Changes to Policies and Payments under the Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2016

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published proposed regulations governing policies and payments made under the Physician Fee Schedule (“PFS”) for calendar year 2016 (the “Proposed...more

CMS Proposes Significant Revisions to Stark Law

In its CY 2016 physician fee schedule proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) proposes significant amendments and clarifications to the federal physician self-referral regulations, commonly known...more

CMS Publishes Notice of Proposed Rule Making Regarding Stark Law Amendments and Seeks Comment on the Issue of Stark Acting as a...

In early July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking, amending the Physician Self-Referral Prohibitions, or Stark law. 80 Fed. Reg. 41,909-930 (July 15, 2015). The...more

Stark Regulations: Proposed Physician Recruitment Provisions

Assistance to Employ a Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP) - Currently under the Stark law, the physician recruitment exception (42 C.F.R. § 411.357(e)) permits hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and...more

CMS Publishes New Proposed Stark Law Rule: Top Ten Stark Law Takeaways from the Calendar Year 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed...

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the Calendar Year 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (“Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule includes several clarifications and proposed...more

CMS Issues CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

On July 8, 2015, CMS issued its annual proposed rule outlining payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2016. In the proposed rule,...more

Circuit Court Affirms $237.5 Million Judgment Against Tuomey

On July 2, 2015, the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $237,454,195 judgment against Tuomey Health Care System (Tuomey) for violations of the Federal False Claims Act (FCA), which liability arose from violations of the Stark law....more

Beware of Nurses Bearing Gifts

Alisia and David blew the whistle on their former employer, Nurses’ Registry & Home Health, for sending gift baskets and ticket events to doctors who referred patients to the home health operation. Their qui tam suit alleged...more

CMS Addresses Current Position on Supervision and Practitioner Qualifications Under ‘Incident-To’ Billing Rules

Among the proposed changes to Medicare regulatory requirements related to billing and coverage of physician services set forth in the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (the Proposed Rule), the Centers for...more

CMS Proposes New Stark Exceptions and Clarifications in Proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Rule

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its proposed Calendar Year (“CY”) 2016 Physician Fee Schedule (“PFS”) Proposed Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 15,...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds $237 Million Stark Judgment

On July 2, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $237 million judgment against Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc. (“Tuomey”), in a federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) case arising out of...more

"The Stark Law has become a booby trap…" Says the Federal Appeals Court. Why Health Care Providers Should Heed the Warning

After reading through the hundreds of pages of the District Court's and Appeals Court's decisions, including the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that was filed on July 2, 2015, one thing is certain: Mixing one...more

Breaking News: Top 10 Ways the Proposed Rule Impacts Stark Law

With surprisingly little fanfare, the CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule (the "Proposed Rule") released on July 8, 2015 proposes to add and amend several exceptions to the Physician Self-Referral Statute, commonly known as the...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds $237M Verdict Against South Carolina Hospital System for Stark Law Violations

On July 2, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $237 million judgment against Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc., in a federal False Claims Act (FCA) case arising out of violations of the...more

Tuomey’s Appeal of $237M False Claims Act Judgment Denied by the Fourth Circuit

In This Issue: - Background - Tuomey’s Second Appeal to the Fourth Circuit - The Trial Court’s Grant of a New Trial - Tuomey’s Request for Judgement as a Matter of Law on the Stark Law and FCA...more

CMS Releases 2016 Physician Fee Schedule

Major changes to Stark law are ahead, including new exceptions for timeshare arrangements and employment of NPPs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule on July 8 for the 2016...more

CMS proposes significant changes to Stark regulations

As part of its annual proposed Medicare Part B physician fee schedule rulemaking (Proposed Rule), which is expected to be published in the Federal Register on July 15, 2015, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...more

Recent DOJ and OIG Actions Show Growing Federal Scrutiny of Physician Financial Arrangements

Over the last month the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have each taken actions that suggest an increasing appetite to examine the financial...more

Court Upholds CMS' Prohibition on 'Under-Arrangements' Transactions, Strikes Down CMS' Prohibition on 'Per-Click' Equipment Rental...

A 2008 rule change from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)—which effectively prohibited referring physician-owned companies from furnishing hospital services “under arrangements”—has withstood a challenge by a...more

The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend

We don’t normally think of American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals as friends. After all, the AHA represents nonprofits, while the FAH represents for-profits. ...more

The Three “Hows” Of Physician Compensation

New care delivery models and healthcare reimbursement trends are heating up the market for hospital employment of physicians yet again, but does a productivity-based compensation model still work in this environment?...more

Recent Changes to Stark Law's Whole Hospital Exception

The federal physician self-referral law, or Stark Law, provides a number of exceptions to the law's prohibition of physician referrals of designated health services to an entity in which the physician has an ownership or...more

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