CMS Removes Some Stark Law ‘Bureaucratic Barriers’ In Final Rule
Agency will permit exceptions from Stark Law for value-based arrangements involving advanced imaging referrals, donation of cybersecurity technology
The Stark Law ban on self-referrals wouldn’t apply to some physician owners of advanced imaging facilities under a CMS final rule.
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