Stark Law: What You Need to Know


The Stark Law, commonly known as the Physician Self-Referral Law, is a federal law that prohibits physicians from referring patients to any entity where they have a vested financial interest for “designated health services” that will be paid by Medicare or Medicaid. Physicians need to be careful to not violate this law by being aware of the ins and outs of it.  This is a distinct law not to be confused with the Anti-Kickback Statute, another federal law, which I will address in a later video and blog. Navigating through the Stark Law can be confusing, so I’m here to help you with the details. 


I want to give you a quick overview so that you know how to handle and more importantly, avoid any complications from violating the Stark Law on the federal level, which will have lots of applications for state law as well. I get questions every day from providers out there that are going out on their own, starting up their own practice, and just want...

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