Published in American Journal of Managed Care As physicians, the health of our patients is always our first consideration. But unfortunately, patients aren’t always permitted to benefit from the treatment plan that physicians prescribe. Some patients are forced to try one or more medications that end up not helping them before insurers will allow the […]
Pulished in Healio The bipartisan legislation, “The Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act of 2017,” was recently introduced by the Senate to modernize the Stark Law and eliminate the barriers it poses to care coordination. Read More >>
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Published in POLITICO Stark Law bill: Sens. Rob Portman and Michael Bennet introduced a bill Wednesday to adapt Medicare’s anti-kickback laws. The regulations are intended to crack down on physician conflicts of interest in making referrals and purchasing services, but critics believe the laws need reform in a value-based payment era. Portman and Bennet’s bill, […]
The Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act would remove barriers to physician practice participation in APMs. Specifically, it would provide CMS the same authority to waive restrictions in the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute for physicians seeking to develop and operate APMs as was provided to Accountable Care Organizations in the Affordable Care Act. It would allow physician practices to incentivize practitioners to provide high quality care while alternative payment models are under development and in operation.