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Society submits letter in response to Stark Law request

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a request for information on the current physician self-referral law, also known as “Stark Law.” Under Stark Law physicians are prohibited from referring patients to entities in which they have a significant financial interest.

Enacted in 1989, the Stark Law was created when most physicians practiced in a fee-for-service environment. However, myriad changes in health care over the last 30 years, such as health system consolidation and the proliferation of integrated care models, have placed significant burdens on physicians to comply with the tenets of Stark Law.

In a letter to CMS, Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, MBA, said current Stark Law “creates barriers to integrated and value-based care” and asked that CMS look at ways to streamline Stark, reduce physician burden and make it easier for patients to seek the care they need.

“Relaxing and improving the provisions of Stark Law would allow patients to receive the care they need in an efficient manner, particularly in an integrated care setting,” said Dr. Chumbley.

Read more about Stark Law review in this July 26 Medigram article or contact H.J. Waukau for more information.

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