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October 9, 2019: MGMA statement on CMS' proposed Physician Self-Referral (Stark) rule

Advocacy Statement - October 9, 2019

Medicare Payment Policies

Federal Compliance

October 9, 2019
Statement by Anders Gilberg, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs on CMS' proposed Physician Self-Referral (Stark) rule

"For those fortunate medical groups that can utilize the new value-based exceptions, this proposal is a step in the right direction. For medical groups that have been waiting years for relief from the complexity of the Stark law, this isn’t it."

"Existing Stark regulations are fundamentally hyper-technical from beginning to end. This rule adds layers upon layers to a regulatory scheme that was originally intended to provide bright-line guidance for medical practices, but never has. The new proposal fails to clarify fundamental issues related to group practices and confirms our longstanding position that Congress needs to change the law."

"If CMS doesn’t believe it has the authority to provide meaningful Stark reform, then it should join the provider community in working with Congress to fix these fatally flawed regulations and outdated statute."
Press Contact:
Terri Pollock
Associate Director, Public Affairs
202.293.3450 x 1351

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is the premier association for professionals who lead medical practice. Since 1926, through data, people, insights, and advocacy, MGMA empowers medical group practices to innovate and create meaningful change in healthcare. With a membership of more than 45,000 medical practice administrators, executives, and leaders, MGMA represents more than 12,500 organizations of all sizes, types, structures and specialties that deliver almost half of the healthcare in the United States. 

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