In our previous posts, we looked at the underlying purpose behind the Stark law against doctor self-referrals, the scope of the Stark law, and the ways in which the Stark law can be violated. This final post in the series will look at what happens if you run afoul of the Stark law.
The last twenty years have seen the federal government becoming increasingly involved in the relationship between doctors and their patients. Most recently, the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has contributed to the uncertainty and concern among medical professionals about the increasing role government will take in the management of individuals’ health care. Doctors, particularly those who accept Medicare and Medicaid patients, must be aware of the landscape of regulations in order to avoid violating the law and suffering potentially catastrophic consequences.