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Efforts to Ease Doctor Fraud Law May Fall Short, Lawyers Warn

Aug. 27, 2019, 9:31 AM

Federal regulators may not go as far as some hope in relaxing a law that doctors and hospitals believe is standing in the way of better care for Medicare patients, health law attorneys say.

The Stark law, also known as the physician self-referral law, prohibits doctors from referring Medicare patients to a hospital or other health-care facility if the doctor or an immediate member of his or her family has a financial stake in that facility.

It’s a law that can easily be broken and cost facilities their federal funding if they do. However, doctors and hospitals are under...

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