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Doctor Referrals Will Be Easier Under Expected Rule Changes (Corrected)

Nov. 5, 2018, 11:10 AMUpdated: Nov. 7, 2018, 9:38 PM

Physician self-referral law changes are on their way, and attorneys are happy to see the government taking action to improve the nearly 30-year-old statute.

The Stark law, nicknamed after former California congressman Pete Stark (D), prevents doctors from referring patients to medical facilities where they or their immediate family members have financial interests. The 1989 law’s penalties can be $15,000 for each medical service or three times the amount of Medicare payments received for services.

Practitioners say the law is becoming outdated as Medicare shifts away from a traditional fee-for-service practice to a value-based system that encourages health providers to...

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