Doctors and Hospitals Support Value-Based Stark Law Changes

Doctors and hospitals have voiced support for the Trump administration’s efforts to encourage value-based care by reforming physician self-referral rules, but they oppose including any sort of price transparency requirements. The CMS wants to change Stark law regulations to make it easier for providers to enter into value-based arrangements without running afoul of kickback concerns. It proposed lowering barriers to care coordination and management. Comments on the proposed rulemaking were due Tuesday. The Stark law was initially put in place to prevent physicians from profiting off referrals to Medicare providers that they or a family member had a financial stake in. While those rules made sense under traditional, fee-for-service Medicare, providers have been spooked that the government could come down on them for participating in value-based arrangements even if they don’t receive financial benefits from referrals.

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