CMS Proposes Changes to Stark Law Regulations: A Response to Evolving Healthcare Delivery Models and Payment Systems

    View Author July 2015

    As many healthcare providers are aware, the difficulty of Stark Law compliance begins, and sometimes ends, in the mixed bag of regulatory exceptions and technical terminology. On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed regulations that, if finalized as proposed, will establish two new exceptions and clarify a number of technical hurdles and interpretative snags in the application of the Stark Law regulations. CMS used its experiences with stakeholder inquiries and self-disclosures made under its Voluntary Self-Disclosure Protocol to design the proposed regulations, which CMS contends will modernize and simplify the Stark Law regulations in light of evolving healthcare delivery models and payments systems.