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Aug 28, 2014 11:56:00 AM

Non-compliance with Stark Law Costs Big

On August 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice reported a $1.3 million settlement between New York Heart Center, a New York cardiology group practice, and the United States government to resolve allegations that the practice violated the Physician Self-Referral (Stark) Law and the False Claims Act by "knowingly compensating its physicians in a manner that violated federal law."

The unique nature of services furnished by health care professionals and the possible conflicts of interest arising from financial arrangements between providers has resulted in laws and regulations that differ dramatically from other industries, like the Stark Law. The law was intended to ensure that a physician’s medical judgment is not compromised by improper financial incentives that encourage internal referrals of certain services known as Designated Health Services for Medicare patients.

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Topics: Non-compliance