HHS Proposes Changes to Stark Law and Federal Anti-Kickback Statute

October 28, 2019 | Physician Practice News

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What's the news. Changes have been proposed that will "modernize and clarify" regulations related to the Stark Law and the federal anti-kickback statute, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced in an October 9, 2019, news release. Passed 30 years ago, the Stark Law aims to prevent fraud and bribery, banning physicians from referring patients for tests, specialty care, or other procedures that could financially benefit the physicians or their families (see Physician Self Referral from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).

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