Stark Law

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DOJ Reaches $3.28 Million Stark Settlement with San Diego Hospital

Tri-City Medical Center will pay $3.28 million to settle alleged Stark Law violations that stemmed from financial arrangements with its former chief of staff and paperwork problems in more than 90 of its physician agreements....more

Another Day, Another Whistleblower Retaliation Suit

A False Claims Act (“FCA”) retaliation claim, 31 U.S.C. 3730(h), filed January 26, 2016 in federal district court in Oregon, provides a perfect example of the type of challenging cases confronting health care employers today....more

Health Care E-Note - January 2016

The 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule ("Final Rule") contains recent changes to the Federal Stark Law, the majority of which took effect on January 1, 2016. The issuance of the Final Rule on November 16, 2015...more

Important Changes for Physicians from the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: Part I (Stark Changes)

On November 16, 2015 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (Final MPFS). The Final MPFS addresses changes to the physician fee schedule and related policies,...more

Stark Law Update

The Stark Law has been updated effective January 1, 2016 in ways that may affect your medical practice and hospital relationships. Among other things, these updates add two new exceptions to the referral prohibition, relax...more

Recent Changes to the Stark Law Provide Added Flexibility

The 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule ("Final Rule") contains recent changes to the Federal Stark Law, the majority of which took effect on January 1, 2016. The issuance of the Final Rule on November 16, 2015...more

Final Stark Rule Changes Adopt New Exceptions For Hospitals and Significant Clarifications - Corridors January 2016

In the Medicare Fee Schedule Final Rule with Comment Period for calendar year 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted two new exceptions to the Stark physician self-referral law affecting hospitals,...more

Health Care Enforcement in 2016: A Look Back on 2015 and Forecasting the Year Ahead

2015 was a year of transition for the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), with the installation of a new Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, and several other high-level officials. In January 2015, Andrew Weissmann...more

Corridors - January 2016 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

Final Stark Rule Changes Adopt New Exceptions For Hospitals and Significant Clarifications - In the Medicare Fee Schedule Final Rule with Comment Period for calendar year 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

Introducing Stark Phase V

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the most significant changes to the physician self-referral law (“Stark Law”) regulations since 2008. Currently being referred to as...more

2015 – The Health Law Year in Review

With 2015 in the books, we are pleased to reflect on some of the major developments over the past year in the field of health law. The year was marked by changes in Medicare payment models—from government pronouncements...more

Health Law Pulse - January 2016

CHANGES TO STARK LAW, NEW ADVANCE CARE PAYMENTS INCLUDED IN 2016 PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a final rule (Final Rule) regarding physician payment...more

Record Mega-Settlements May Attract More Whistleblowers

September was a record-setting month for the United States Department of Justice, which entered into major health care fraud settlements with two large Floridabased hospital systems. The settlements were made in the face of...more

Laboratories – 2015 Year in Review [VIDEO]

Over the past year, significant regulatory changes began to take shape that will have lasting effects on the laboratory industry for years to come. After publishing draft guidance regarding the regulation of laboratory...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: December 2015

Trends & Analysis - We have identified 24 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed since our last Qui Tam Update. Of the 24 cases, five were filed within the past year, seven were filed in 2014, three...more

Health Update - December 2015

Lessons from Hawaii's Trailblazing ACA 1332 Waiver Proposal - Editor's Note: On September 9, Hawaii became the first state to post a draft 1332 waiver proposal for public comment. While Hawaii's proposal focuses on the...more

False Claims Act: 2015 Year in Review

This year continued the trend of aggressive False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and high volumes of qui tam lawsuits brought by whistleblowers. In fiscal year 2015, the DOJ marked the fourth...more

New Year, New Flexibility: Top 10 Takeaways from CMS Stark Law Final Rule

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the Calendar Year 2016 Physician Fee Schedule final rule with comment period, which includes a final rule (the “Final Rule”) that amends...more

CMS Finalizes Two New Exceptions and Other Modifications to the Stark Law

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) posted a final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2015 (“Final Rule”), modifying the regulations implementing the...more

2015 Health Care Year in Review

In 2015, ICD-10 finally became a reality, and the dire predictions of problems seem to be wrong. Providers now have codes to describe just about every conceivable (and a few simply bizarre) medical occurrences. If a patient...more

California Court Permits FCA Claim Involving Medicare “Referral and Regeneration” Scheme to Proceed Against Healthcare CEO

In a recent opinion, the Northern District of California allowed FCA claims to proceed against the CEO of a skilled nursing facility operator. John Orten, the whistleblower in the suit, was a former nursing home...more

Prior To Pursuing The Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol, Consider Your Obligation To Do So

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) recently published what it has referred to as “Physician Self-Referral Updates” pursuant to Section 1877 of Social Security Act (also known as the “Stark Law”),...more

Stark Law Clarifications Bring Both Benefits and Potential Challenges - Hospital Industry Viewpoint

The new clarifications suggest a more lenient CMS, but providers shouldn’t compromise their compliance standards. Throughout the halls of hospitals’ legal and compliance departments, people have been talking....more

DOJ Recovers $3.5 Billion in False Claims Act Cases in FY2015 and Pays Record Amount to Qui Tam Relators

Late last week DOJ announced that in FY2015 it obtained more than $3.5 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving allegations of false claims against the government. Once again, health care fraud...more

Two New Exceptions to Stark to Become Effective in the New Year

Starting January 1, 2016, physicians and certain health care organizations will be able to take advantage of two new exceptions to the physician self-referral law (commonly referred to as the “Stark Law”). Stark contains two...more

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