How do Stark laws affect your health care coverage?

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 3:09 am    

Stark laws include three separate provisions that govern physician self-referral. These three provisions were passed over time and parts of each are still in place today. 

Physician self-referral occurs when physicians refer patients to medical facilities where they have a financial interest. For instance, if a knee surgeon refers a patient to a facility where the knee surgeon is a part owner, then this would be a case of phsyician self-referral. 

Physician self-referral is not outlawed in all cases. However, it is highly restricted for Medicare and Medicaid patients according to Stark laws. Many opponents of these laws believe that they interfere harmfully with the medical practice.

If you or anyone you know has questions about Stark laws, contact the Des Moines health care attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (877) 327-2600.  

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