A Massive Number of New Health Law Regulatory Proposals as Part of the “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care”: Proposed Changes to the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, Beneficiary Inducement CMP, Privacy Laws Governing Substance Use Disorder Records, and the Stark Law Advisory Opinion Process

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) each released their long-anticipated proposed rules to revise the federal self-referral law (or “Stark Law”) regulations, the safe harbors under the federal anti-kickback statute (AKS), and the civil monetary penalty law (CMP) for beneficiary inducements.  The proposed rules are part of HHS’s “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care,” which seeks to remove regulatory obstacles to care coordination and a value-based healthcare delivery system.

The HHS press release regarding the proposed rules is available here,  and includes links to each of the CMS and OIG proposed rules.  For our prior posts on the Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care, see here and here.

Relatedly, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published proposed rules to revise privacy rules for substance use disorder records on August 26, and CMS published proposed rules to revise the Stark Law advisory opinion regulations on August 14 (as part of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule).

We are reviewing the proposed rules and will post an in-depth analysis shortly.

Laura B. Morgan

Laura B. Morgan

Laura has assisted clients with identifying and addressing physician compensation arrangements that potentially implicate the Stark law, including self-disclosure of such arrangements to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Alissa Smith

Alissa Smith

Alissa represents health systems, hospitals, pharmacies, long-term care providers, home health agencies and medical practices, as well as nonprofit and municipal organizations. Alissa’s transactional practice includes contracts, leases, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Alissa’s regulatory practice includes the interpretation and application of state and federal fraud and abuse laws, Medicare and Medicaid rules, tax-exemption laws, HIPAA and privacy laws, EMTALA laws, licensing matters, employment laws, governmental audits and open records and open meetings matters. She also assists with corporate and health system governance issues, including the revision and negotiation of medical staff bylaws.

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