Congress has shown a vested interest to start modernizing Stark Law to support the Medicare reimbursement transition to a value-based system.
In a hearing last week, U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Health expressed their dedication to making necessary changes to update the law that prohibits physician self-referral of a Medicare or Medicaid patient.
The committee reached a bipartisan agreement that revises the law, enacted nearly 30 years ago, to ease innovation and partnership and welcome positive healthcare delivery changes.
Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan said,
“The Stark Law, which as I noted, is designed for a fee-for-service model, is not one that always works in a system transitioning and moving to value-based payments for healthcare. The Stark Law may unduly limit ways that physicians and healthcare providers can coordinate patient care by restricting ways physicians can organize and work together and with others.”
To view the hearing and testimonies, visit the Ways and Means Committee page.
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