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Physicians Stark Law

Recent Case Highlights Risks of Paying Physicians for Routine Duties - Signed writing required, informal documentation may not be...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Payments to physicians, even for routine, necessary duties, may cause referrals to the entity making the payments to be "prohibited referrals" under the Stark Law. This means the hospital or other entity should not have...more

“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” Might Work for Stark Liability but Not the Anti-Kickback Statute

by Nossaman LLP on

Last Thursday, a jury in federal district court in St. Louis handed down a verdict in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case that presents a laundry list of the challenges which can arise in a FCA case. ...more

New Legislation Offers Major Reforms to the Physician Self-Referral Prohibition (the 'Stark Law')

Last week, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to make significant reforms to the Stark Law, which bars a physician from referring patients to an entity with which the physician has a financial...more

"Insider" Edition—Required Referrals and the Stark Law (Part Two of Two)

Hospitals and physicians must consider many items when a hospital is putting together an employment contract with a physician. One question we have seen more and more hospitals ask is whether a hospital may insert a provision...more

Will the Massachusetts Proposed Legislation on Hospital Outpatient Facility Fees Have a Nationwide Impact?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In some states, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “site neutrality” for outpatient hospital reimbursement is factoring into state-specific health reform and cost containment initiatives. This potentially goes...more

"Insider" Edition—Required Referrals and the Stark Law (Part One of Two)

When a hospital is putting together an employment contract with a physician, there are many items for both the hospital and the physician to consider. One question we have seen more and more hospitals ask is whether a...more

CMS Advisory Opinion 2017-01 Approves Pop-up Alerts to Physicians Through Online Laboratory Portal

by Baker Ober Health Law on

A clinical laboratory has received a green light from CMS to offer pop-up notifications alerting physicians of various potential issues (Laboratory Alerts) through its web-based portal for ordering and reporting results of...more

Nationwide Healthcare Prosecutions Targeting an Array of Practices . . . Is "Just The Beginning"

by Bracewell LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the Department of Justice ("DOJ"), in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), continued its annual tradition of coordinating the filing of charges and sweeping arrests in...more

Amounts Billed Do Not Indicate Fair Market Value In FCA Case

by Reed Smith on

Our day job has been keeping us busy, so busy with depositions, motions, delayed flights, and assorted drama that we have not posted in more than a month. After such a long layoff, we had hoped to return with a vengeance, a...more

Avoiding Risks with Referring Physician Compensation Arrangements

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The settlement described below highlights the importance of carefully structuring compensation arrangements with referring physicians, and the risk involved in trying to work backwards to achieve a desired level of...more

Court Puts the Brakes on Whistleblower's FCA Parking Claims

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that, in fiscal year 2016 ending September 30, it obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims. More than half of this...more

Senate Bill Would Lift Stark Ban on Physician-Owned Hospital Expansion

A recent Senate bill would lift the ban on expansion of physician-owned hospitals imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced this bill on May 16, 2017. The...more

Proceed with Caution in Using New Process to Self-Report Stark Law Violations

by Barley Snyder on

Effective June 1, health care providers must use standardized forms for reporting Stark Law violations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These forms are part of a self-referral disclosure protocol (SRDP)...more

Reminder: New Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Effective June 1

by Ruder Ware on

As discussed in a previous blog, beginning on June 1, 2017, health care providers of services and suppliers wanting to voluntarily disclose actual or potential violations of the Stark Law must follow a new process finalized...more

Hospital and its Clinic Agree to $34 Million Settlement to False Claims Act Allegation that Compensation to Oncologists Violated...

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a $34 million settlement with Mercy Hospital Springfield (“Hospital”) of Springfield, Missouri, and its affiliate Mercy Clinic (“Clinic”). The settlement resolves an...more

Health Care E-Note - May 2017

by Burr & Forman on

When a physician leaves a medical practice, especially if the physician stays in the area to compete against his/her former employer, the situation can become stressful and acrimonious. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Health System Defeats FCA Suit Based on Alleged Provision of Free Parking Benefits and Tax Exemptions

by King & Spalding on

On April 18, 2017, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida adopted the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation and granted BayCare Health System’s (BayCare’s) motion for summary judgment. The...more

FCA Issues to Watch: FCA Claims Concerning Physician Compensation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Physician employment arrangements with hospitals have remained a significant area of regulatory scrutiny in recent months with the announcement of several high profile settlements and decisions in key FCA cases involving...more

CMS Issues New SRDP Forms

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued new Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (“SRDP”) forms, and, beginning June 1, 2017, these SRDP forms will be mandatory for those parties submitting voluntary...more

Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2016

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce the release of its fifth annual Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2016. The Review, compiled by the firm’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force, is an industry-leading guide to healthcare...more

CMS mandates new Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol form

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) outlines a process for providers to disclose to CMS potential or actual violations of the Stark law...more

Leasing to Health Care Tenants: What You Need to Know

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Commercial office building landlords frequently find themselves leasing to health care provider tenants. A landlord may not consider doctor’s offices or diagnostic labs as specialty uses, but there are several lease...more

CMS Finalizes New SRDP Disclosure Form and Process

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Parties disclosing actual or potential violations of the Stark law will use a new series of forms under CMS's Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) process as of June 1, 2017. According to CMS, the new forms...more

CMS Revises the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Requiring the Use of Prescribed Forms for Disclosure of Stark Law Violations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted revisions to the Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP). In an attempt to streamline the self-disclosure process, CMS requires the use of new...more

CMS Rolls Out New Form for Disclosing Potential Stark Act Violations

by Reed Smith on

CMS has released a new Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) Form for disclosing actual or potential violations of the physician self-referral law (known as the “Stark Act”) under CMS’s existing self-disclosure process....more

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