Archives     Advertise     Editorial Calendar     Subscribe     Contact Us    


CMS seeks public input on reducing the regulatory burdens of the Stark Law


 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking recommendations and input from the public on how to address any undue impact and burden of the physician self-referral law (also known as the "Stark Law"), focusing in part on how the law may impede care coordination, a key aspect of systems that deliver value.

Over the past year, CMS has engaged with the provider community in a discussion about regulatory burden issues. This included publishing a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting comments about areas of high regulatory burden. One of the top areas of burden identified in the over 2,600 comments received was compliance with the Stark Law and its accompanying regulations. In response to these concerns, CMS undertook a review of the existing regulations to determine where the agency could consider potential areas for burden reduction. In coordination with Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, CMS is now soliciting specific input on a range of issues identified with the Stark Law to help the agency better understand provider concerns and target its regulatory efforts to address those concerns.

"Removing unnecessary government obstacles to care coordination is a key priority for this Administration," said Deputy Secretary Hargan. "We need to change the healthcare system so that it puts value and results at the forefront of care, and coordinated care plays a vital role in this transformation. Reviewing the Stark Law regulations is an important step forward to building a value-based system, which is one of Secretary Azar's priorities at HHS. I am personally leading our recently launched Regulatory Sprint to remove barriers and help providers deliver the best team-based care. We welcome public input to get us there."


"We are looking for information and bold ideas on how to change the existing regulations to reduce provider burden and put patients in the driver's seat," said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. "Dealing with the burden of the physician self-referral law is one of our top priorities as we move towards a health care system that pays for value rather than volume."

CMS is particularly interested in the public's input on the structure of arrangements between parties that participate in alternative payment models or other novel financial arrangements, the need for revisions or additions to exceptions to the physician self-referral law, and terminology related to alternative payment models and the physician self-referral law. Public comments on the RFI will be due by August 24, 2018.

To view a blog by Administrator Verma, please visit: https://blog.cms.gov/2018/06/20/working-together-for-value/


The RFI can be downloaded from the Federal Register at: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/

 
Share:

Related Articles:


Recent Articles

Trump Picks Supreme Court Nominee

President Donald Trump announced his pick to replace Justice Kennedy on Monday evening, July 9. He selected 53-year-old Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court, pending Congressional approval.

Read More

Before Stage Four

Providers wouldn't wait to intervene with breast cancer until it had become metastatic. Yet, delayed reaction is too often the case when it comes to suicide prevention efforts.

Read More

Nashville Fosters Innovation at Startup Day Event

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking to invest in innovative healthcare startups, according to an official who attended the Startup Day Nashville in June.

Read More

MHAMT Leader Takes on National Role

MHA of Middle Tennessee leader Tom Starling was inducted as board chair of the national Mental Health America organization at last month's annual meeting.

Read More

The Opioid Crisis - Where Do We Go From Here?

As discussed in last month's edition of the Nashville Medical News, the Tennessee General Assembly recently approved a significant portion of Governor Bill Haslam's "TN Together" plan to combat the opioid crisis in Tennessee.

Read More

The Opioid Crisis - Where Do We Go From Here?

As discussed in last month's edition of the Nashville Medical News, the Tennessee General Assembly recently approved a significant portion of Governor Bill Haslam's "TN Together" plan to combat the opioid crisis in Tennessee.

Read More

Op-Ed: The Need for Effective Measures to Treat Mental Illness

There is an urgent need for more dynamic and effective measures to care for the growing number of Americans with serious mental illness - in Middle Tennessee and across the nation.

Read More

Behavioral Health Rounds

Read More

SAFE Clinic Opens to Victims of Sexual Violence

Nashville's first freestanding SAFE Clinic is a dedicated, healing environment for rape victims.

Read More

AAC Utilizing AI to Improve Outcomes

Artificial intelligence helping staff, patients at AAC

Read More

Email Print
 
 

 

 


Tags:
None
Powered by Bondware
News Publishing Software

The browser you are using is outdated!

You may not be getting all you can out of your browsing experience
and may be open to security risks!

Consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser or choose on below: