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Recent Stark Developments: A Moving Target Where a Miss is as Good as a Mile

The federal physician self-referral ban or Stark law has been a part of the legal landscape for almost 25 years. The breadth of the law’s prohibitions, its strict liability formulation and draconian remedies have made it the...more

CMS Proposes Stark Law Amendments, Requests Comments on Whether Stark Law Is Barrier to Health Care Reform

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its regulations implementing and interpreting the Stark Law (the Proposed Rule). 80 Fed. Reg. 41,686,...more

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

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 Drives Change in Quality, Physician Payment, and Stark in Proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) took the opportunity in its annual update of the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) for 2016 to make a number of proposals to drive change in quality, physician payment,...more

Stark Regulations: Proposed Physician-owned Hospitals Provisions

In the proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2016 [PDF], CMS recommends amending several requirements related to the physician-owned hospital and rural provider exceptions to the Stark law. As discussed more fully below, CMS...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

Stark Regulations: Technical Revisions

The proposed Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2016 includes multiple technical revisions to the regulations implementing the Stark law. These revisions appear to be designed to provide greater clarity and flexibility with...more

CMS Is Considering New Stark Exceptions to Promote Clinical Integration and Value-Based Payment – Submit Your Comments By...

CMS has proposed significant changes in the Medicare physician self-referral (typically referred to as the “Stark Law”) regulations, including new compensation exceptions and several clarifications and refinements of existing...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

Proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Would Impact Medicare Shared Savings Program

The proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2016 [PDF] contains several provisions that are likely to have an impact on the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). These provisions focus in large part on quality measures and the...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

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

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

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

DC Circuit calls into question legality of Stark Law ban on per-click equipment leases

On June 12, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a lengthy decision calling into question the regulatory prohibition on per-click equipment leases under the federal physician self-referral...more

Paperwork Burden Eased in CMS Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Filings

In late December 2014, CMS made a small change to its voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) to help reduce some of the paperwork burden associated with filing under the SRDP. Section 6409 of the Affordable...more

2014 – The Health Law Year in Review

Each year brings significant changes and challenges in the laws governing the health care industry, and 2014 proved to be no exception. What the year may have lacked in the high drama that accompanies comprehensive health...more

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