• CMS Talks Sense for Stark Compliance under Proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
  • July 16, 2015 | Authors: Laurel E. Baum; Jennifer R. Bolster; Raymond R. D'Agostino; Catherine A. Diviney; Meghan S. Gaffey
  • Law Firm: Hancock Estabrook, LLP - Syracuse Office
  • On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a proposed rule that could provide some much needed breathing room for inadvertent lapses in Stark law compliance. By way of background, the physician self-referral or “Stark” law governs financial relationships between physicians and “designated health services” entities. The law provides limited exceptions for when a physician may enter into a financial relationship with a designated health services entity where he or she refers business payable by Medicare to that entity. CMS will publish the proposed rule in the Federal Register on July 15, 2015.