Proposed Rule: Modernizing and Clarifying the Physician Self-Referral Regulations
On October 9, 2019, CMS issued a proposed rule to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Medicare physician self-referral law. Comments will be accepted through December 31, 2019.
To view the press release, please visit: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/10/09/hhs-proposes-stark-law-anti-kickback-statute-reforms.html
To view the fact sheet, please visit: /newsroom/fact-sheets/modernizing-and-clarifying-physician-self-referral-regulations-proposed-rule
To view an unofficial redline of proposed revisions to the physician self-referral regulation text, click here (PDF).
Code List for Certain Designated Health Services (DHS)
The compensation limits for the nonmonetary compensation and medical staff incidental benefits exceptions have been updated for calendar year 2019 and are now available on the CPI-U Updates page.
Request for Information
On June 20, 2018, CMS issued a request for information seeking public input on reducing the regulatory burdens of the Physician Self-referral Law. Comments will be accepted through August 24, 2018.
To view the press release, please visit: /newsroom/press-releases/cms-seeks-public-input-reducing-regulatory-burdens-stark-law
To view a blog by CMS Administrator Seema Verma, please visit: https://blog.cms.gov/2018/06/20/working-together-for-value/
New FAQ Related to “Stand in the Shoes” and the SRDP Physician Information Form
A new FAQ describes the circumstances under which a disclosing party may submit a single Physician Information Form (with supporting documentation) to describe a compensation arrangement between a DHS entity and a physician organization that affects multiple physicians who stand in the shoes of that physician organization. Please see the CMS Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (PDF) FAQs on the Frequently Asked Questions page for details.
New FAQ Related to the DHS Code List and the ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM Conversion
A new FAQ provides clarification related to ICD-10-CM coding for those CPT/HCPCS codes on the DHS Code Lists for CYs 2015, 2016 and 2017 that are listed as eligible for the exception at 42 C.F.R. § 411.355(h) only when billed with certain ICD-9-CM codes. Please see the Physician Self-Referral Law FAQs (PDF) on the Frequently Asked Questions page for details.