The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has continued its push towards value-based purchasing and greater coordination of clinical care between providers.
To this end, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Request for Information (RFI) on June 20, 2018 to seek input from the industry for potential Stark Law changes.
In issuing the RFI, CMS is focused on obtaining industry input regarding:
- The assessment of the application of the Stark Law to financial arrangements among providers in alternative payment models, and other newly-created financial arrangements designed to improve healthcare, and
- The evaluation of potential exceptions to the Stark Law that would protect certain financial arrangements where such arrangements are part of an alternative payment model or that otherwise involve integrating, coordinating and improving healthcare delivery.
HHS is committed to removing government restrictions that are contrary to improving the coordination of healthcare. In fact, the RFI is part of the Deputy Secretary’s “Regulatory Sprint” focusing on identifying government regulations and prohibitions that impede or prevent coordinated healthcare.
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