CMS hints at future Stark Law modifications

“After years of provider feedback, this month CMS provided another indication that potentially significant modifications to the Stark Law are looming.”

“Speaking at the Federation of American Hospitals’ 2019 Public Policy Conference, CMS Administrator Seema Verma noted that the agency plans to issue updated regulations at some point in 2019. Verma noted that the updated regulations will seek to spur care coordination in an era of increasing use of value-based payment models. She noted that Congress passed the Stark Law at a time when fee-for-service payment arrangements were prevalent, and such a regulatory model may not be as appropriate today as providers accept more risk for cost and outcomes.”

“Verma’s comments follow CMS’s 2018 request for information (RFI) concerning Stark Law updates and serve as another expression of CMS’s willingness to modify the current regulatory environment. The potential regulatory modifications mentioned by Verma…” Read the full post here.

Source: CMS provides more hints at future Stark Law modifications – By Ken Farris, March 25, 2019. Thompson Coburn LLP.

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