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HHS Proposes New Safe Harbors Under the Anti-Kickback Statute and The Stark Law

HHS Proposes New Safe Harbors Under the Anti-Kickback Statute and The Stark Law

In a pair of proposed rules released by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the DHHS is looking to increase the utilization of value-based arrangements to drive health outcomes and ease the regulatory burdens associated with patient care coordination.  The proposed rules seek to change or add certain safe harbors or exceptions to the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), Physician Self-Referral prohibition (Stark Law), and the Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) laws. 

Compliance Alert: ACA Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Requirements for Medical Practices

Compliance Alert: ACA Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Requirements for Medical Practices

Beginning on October 17, 2016, medical practices (and other Covered Entities) who serve Medicare, Medicaid, VA, or TRICARE beneficiaries will be required to implement new practices related to nondiscrimination. The Final Rule, nearly 6 years in the making, is commonly called “Section 1557”--it implements Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, the purpose of which is to prevent discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability