Fierce Healthcare January 2, 2020
Robert King

Doctor groups believe proposed major reform to the Stark Law could add more administrative work and create new obstacles to setting up value-based enterprises.

Hospitals, on the other hand, are largely pleased with the overhaul released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last year. Groups do want clarity, however, on key parts of the regulation.

The proposed rule, the comment period for which closed Dec. 31, outlines new definitions and exceptions to ensure that value-based arrangements between doctors and hospitals don’t run afoul of the Stark Law, which prohibits physician self-referrals.

In comments to the proposed rule, major doctor groups are opposed to key parts of the regulation.

For instance, the American Medical Association (AMA) opposes a...