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December 11, 2019

CMS Stark Law Revisions Propose 2 Key Exceptions

By Patricia A. Markus, Hannah L. Cross


Reprinted with permission from Law360

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend current regulations interpreting the Medicare physician self-referral law, the Stark Law.

The proposed rule and companion proposed regulations to amend the Anti-Kickback Statute published by the Office of Inspector General together aim to foster greater coordination of health care and improved, more secure information sharing to better coordinate and reduce the cost of such care. At over 330 pages, the proposed rule is the first stand-alone amendment to the Stark law in more than 10 years. Two proposed exceptions in particular, if adopted, would create much-needed flexibility for stakeholders engaging in nonabusive business practices.