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Senate Finance Committee Report Concludes Stark Law Change Is Necessary to Drive Health Care Reform

In its report, Why Stark, Why Now? [PDF], released June 30, 2016, the Senate Committee on Finance outlines suggested changes to the physician self-referral law, 42 U.S.C. § 1395nn, (the Stark law) in order to facilitate and...more

CMS Proposes Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Update for 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its proposed rule to update the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) for calendar year (CY) 2017. The proposed rule contains numerous Medicare payment and...more

CMS Issues Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

On July 7, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule that updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2017 (Proposed...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Double Issue — Congress leaves for seven weeks, Congress sends opioid legislation to the President…More co-ops fail…The Supreme Court rules on Texas Abortion Case and Washington state Pharmacists and Religious...more

Could There Be A “Stark” Law Change?

There appears to be momentum on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to modify and/or repeal the Ethics in Patient Referrals Act of 1989, more commonly known as the Stark Law, which was enacted to curb overutilization of certain...more

Are Changes to the Stark Law on the Way?

Congress has acknowledged that the Stark law is standing in the way of the healthcare industry's transition to alternative, value-based payment models, and in turn, meaningful reform may soon be on the horizon. Last...more

Roundtable Discussion Results in Senate Committee White Paper on Stark Law Reform

In Depth - On June 30, 2016, the US Senate Committee on Finance (Committee) released a white paper titled Why Stark, Why Now? Suggestions to Improve the Stark Law to Encourage Innovative Payment Models, that addressed...more

Same Per-Click Rule, New Rationale

On July 7 CMS issued a proposed rule reaffirming its position that the Stark Law prohibits “per-click” rent payments when the lessor is the one referring the patients to the lessee for the “click,” e.g., the test or...more

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Releases White Paper Examining Potential Reforms to the Stark Law

On June 30, 2016, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch released a white paper examining potential reforms to the Federal Stark law. The white paper, entitled “Why Stark, Why Now? Suggestions to Improve the Stark...more

CMS Announces Plans to Streamline the Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol

On May 6, 2016, CMS published a notice (Notice), required under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), seeking public comment on its plans to revise the information collected under the Medicare Self-referral Disclosure Protocol...more

CMS Unveils Revised Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol

On May 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed revisions to its Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP), through which providers may disclose actual or potential violations...more

CMS Proposes Extension of Medicare Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Lookback Period to Six Years

CMS has published a notice inviting comments on a revised Medicare Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP), which is a vehicle for providers and suppliers to voluntarily self-disclose actual or potential violations of the...more

2016 Stark Law Updates

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2016 Medicare Fee Schedule (the "Schedule") in an effort to facilitate compliance with the Physician Self-Referral Law (the "Stark Law"). Generally, absent an...more

OIG Issues New Exclusion and CIA Guidance

On April 18, 2016, Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson announced the publication of updated guidance on how the Office of Inspector General (OIG) makes decisions about using its permissive exclusion authority and requiring...more

New Stark Law Exception Breathes Life into Primary Care, Especially in Underserved Areas

With the recent and significant shortages of primary care providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently created a rather important exception to the Stark Law as a means to expand access to primary...more

Analysis of New Timeshare Arrangement Exception to the Stark Law – Part 2

In a previous post, we analyzed the new Timeshare Arrangement exception to the Stark law that CMS proposed and went into effect on January 1, 2016. Here we give an example of how the new timeshare arrangement exception works...more

Analysis of New Timeshare Arrangement Exception to the Stark Law – Part 1

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a series of rules that would create new exceptions to the Stark law, in addition to clarifying other provisions of the Stark law. One of the newly...more

The Deeper Dive: The Final Overpayment Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued its final rule for Reporting and Returning of Overpayments (Final Rule). The Final Rule implements section 1128J(d) of the Social Security Act, which...more

New Stark Law Exception for Non-Physician Practitioner Subsidies: A Gift or Pandora's Box for Hospitals?

As of January 1, 2016, a new Stark Law exception allows hospitals to give subsidies to physician practices for the recruitment of non-physician practitioners (“NPPs”). In the Phase III Stark Law regulations, the Centers for...more

Stark: A Stagnant Law For An Evolving Industry

The Stark Law was originally enacted by Congress in 1989 as the Ethics in Patient Referrals Act. Initially, it prohibited a physician from referring Medicare beneficiaries to clinical labs in which the physician had an...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

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

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