CMS extends deadline for Stark Law overhaul

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CMS has extended the deadline for making revisions to Stark Law, which prohibits physician self-referrals, according to Bloomberg Law

The agency proposed modifications to the Stark Law in October 2019 that would provide new exceptions for value-based arrangements. The original deadline for the final rule was Aug. 31, but CMS now has until August 2021 to release the final rule, according to a notice published in the Federal Register this week. 

However, the agency may still publish the final rule well before the extended deadline. 

"This notice is simply a procedural step that we had to take because CMS is not publishing the rule by August 2020 as anticipated in the Unified Agenda," a CMS spokesperson told Bloomberg Law. "CMS is not delaying the Stark rule and is working hard to finalize it. " 

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