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The Key Federal Statutes Regulating Doctors

Healthcare regulations seem to grow more complex with every passing year.  Doctors are expected to know, and comply with, an alphabet soup of federal statutes and associated regulations governing everything from employment to patient privacy to personal finances, and everything in between.  In order to simplify matters, we have prepared the following summary of the federal statutes we most often encounter in our practice. 

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Penalties for Violating the Stark Law

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.

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Exceptions to the Stark Law on Doctor Self-Referral

We previously looked at the origins of the Stark law, as well as the scope of its coverage.  With this post, we will examine the exceptions to the Stark law prohibitions and how they apply in practice.

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The Scope of the Stark Law’s Prohibitions

In our previous post, we examined the origins and rationale underlying the Stark Law’s prohibition against physician self-referral.  In this post, we look at exactly what the Stark Law prohibits.

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The Stark Law Against Physician Self Referrals

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.

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