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2020 Non-Monetary Compensation to Physicians (And Chance to Review 2019)

[12/23/19]

Posted on December 23, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Under the federal Stark Law, hospitals may provide non-monetary compensation to physicians up to an aggregate amount of $423 for calendar year 2020. The dollar limit for “medical staff incidental benefits” (e.g., meals, parking and other items or incidental services that are used on the hospital’s campus) is less than $36 per occurrence. Other... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – November 1, 2019

[11/01/19]

Posted on November 1, 2019 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Talk Is Cheap: Funding Negotiations Stall as Spending Deadline Approaches This week, the Senate had planned to begin deliberations on a legislative package that includes funding for the Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal year (“FY”) 2020. However, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered the motion needed to begin the debate,... READ MORE

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Three Ways the CMS Proposed Stark Law Changes Affect Space Leases

[10/22/19]

Posted on October 22, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On October 9, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) to amend the regulations interpreting the Stark Law. The Proposed Rule revises material portions of the Stark Regulations and includes critically necessary guidance on leasing arrangements subject to the Stark Law. This article provides a... READ MORE

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CMS Makes Value the Centerpiece of Proposed Stark Rules

[10/10/19]

Posted on October 10, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On October 9, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a much anticipated proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) aimed at modernizing and streamlining the Federal Stark Regulations. The Proposed Rule is one component of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently launched “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care” and is intended... READ MORE

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Stakeholders Asked and CMS Listened – Agency Proposes to Modify Stark Law Advisory Opinion Process

[08/13/19]

Posted on August 13, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In the recently issued Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for Calendar Year 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) proposed several revisions to its Stark Law advisory opinion process. These proposed revisions follow CMS’s receipt of several stakeholder comments in response to its Request for Information Regarding the Physician Self-Referral Law published... READ MORE

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2019 Non-Monetary Compensation to Physicians (And Chance to Review 2018)

[12/19/18]

Posted on December 19, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Under the federal Stark Law, hospitals may provide non-monetary compensation to physicians up to an aggregate amount of $416 for calendar year 2019. The dollar limit for “medical staff incidental benefits” (e.g., meals, parking and other items or incidental services that are used on the hospital’s campus) is less than $35 per occurrence. Other... READ MORE

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Three Questions to Consider Before Donating Space to Physicians for Charitable Use

[08/29/18]

Posted on August 29, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Donating space for charitable use may come at a price for health care providers under the Stark Law if they are not careful. The Stark Law[1], which was designed to prevent physicians from referring patients to provider entities in which the physicians have a financial interest, can ensnare even those providers acting with the best... READ MORE

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Stark Regulations Proposed to Enhance Consistency and Flexibility

[07/20/18]

Posted on July 20, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule pertaining to payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2019 (“Proposed Rule”). In addition to changes to the Physician Fee Schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies, the Proposed Rule also addressed modifications to various... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – July 20, 2018

[07/20/18]

Posted on July 20, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Ways and Means Subcommittee Explores Modernizing Stark Law On July 17, the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on modernizing the Stark Law. Government and industry witnesses shared concerns about the inhibiting effect of the Stark Law on innovative payment models and value-based care. Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL)... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – June 22, 2018

[06/22/18]

Posted on June 22, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

CMS Issues RFI for Stark Law On June 20, CMS released a request for information (“RFI”) seeking feedback on ways to improve the Stark Law, which limits how doctors can refer patients to businesses in which they have a financial interest. Largely seen as a barrier to value-based care arrangements, the agency is asking for information... READ MORE

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