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Pandemic May Delay Changes To Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law Regulations

  • June 23, 2020

Modern Healthcare (6/22, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports that rule changes to Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute regulations “could be delayed” because of the coronavirus pandemic. In October, federal officials “proposed a wide range of changes to physician self-referral and safe harbor regulations to improve care coordination and encourage providers to take part in value-based arrangements, among other things,” but “then the COVID-19 outbreak derailed HHS’ plans for regulatory reform.” In response to the pandemic, CMS waived “several Stark Law requirements, including broad waivers of fair market value requirements, to enable providers and other covered entities to better coordinate and deliver care during the public health emergency.”