CMS seeks information to ease Stark Law burden

CMS issued a request for information June 20 seeking recommendations from the public on how to reduce the burdens of Stark Law compliance.

CMS is particularly interested in how Stark Law is affecting the transition to value-based care models. The agency is seeking input from the public on the structure of arrangements between parties that participate in alternative payment models and the need for revisions or additions to Stark Law exceptions.

Public comments are due by Aug. 24.

Lawmakers and hospital executives have been calling for changes to Stark Law for years. During a Senate Finance Committee hearing in 2016, Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Stark Law creates obstacles in the transition from the fee-for-service model. Several healthcare leaders, including Ronald Paulus, MD, CEO of Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health, echoed Mr. Hatch's views.

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