Healthcare DIVE January 6, 2020
Ron Shinkman

Comments submitted to HHS by major healthcare organizations are overwhelmingly in support of the loosening of Stark and anti-kickback laws and the expansion of certain safe harbor exceptions.

HHS and CMS had proposed loosening the regulations earlier this year. Final comments on the proposed rules were due Dec. 31, 2019. The comments from major organizations such as the American Hospital Association and Walmart suggested the feds could have gone even further in loosening the regulations.

The Stark laws and Anti-Kickback Statute have been on the books for three decades. Last year, the Trump administration proposed loosening the Stark law to accommodate an ever-growing ecosystem of value-based payments within the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Of particular focus is relaxation of regulations to...