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Two practitioners recently noted that, because of the Stark law, the health-care industry is in a particularly difficult situation when simple mistakes are made:
Following is coverage of false claims and fraudulent billing, fraud and abuse prohibitions under the antikickback statute, the Stark law (federal physician self-referral prohibitions), and corporate compliance programs.
Since 1995, the Stark Law has permitted a clinical laboratory to provide items, devices, or supplies that are used solely to order or communicate the results of tests or procedures for the particular laboratory.
Under certain conditions, Stark law relaxations provide hospitals a way to subsidize physician HIT practices.
The recent Stark Law IT exceptions, which amount to anti-kickback safe harbor for subsidizing physician's EMR purchases, were credited for removing one of the barriers to greater adoption by the medical community.
In issuing the third phase of the final regulations implementing the physician self-referral rule, also known as the Stark law, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has returned to a stance it held in the first phase.
The Stark law exemption and antikickback safe harbors have slightly different definitions of who can donate the comprehensive electronic health record system software and training.
A violation of the Stark Law may result in severe financial penalties that could include fines, loss of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and exclusion from participation in those programs.
The Stark Law is intended to ensure that physician referrals are made based on the medical needs of the patients and are not tainted by certain financial arrangements.
His particular areas of focus include federal and state fraud-and-abuse laws (such as Stark law and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute), healthcare mergers and acquisitions, healthcare lending arrangements, health regulatory due diligence, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, privacy and security under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and applicable state law, medical-device transactions, and clinical research and applicable regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Medicare has relaxed some requirements of the Stark Law through its 2016 fee schedule and created new exceptions for compensation arrangements under the statute.