Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Danielle Sloane provided insight for an article published by BNA’s Health Law Resource Center on the House’s Stark Administrative Simplification Act which could ease penalties of the physician self-referral law.

As Danielle points out in the article, “[t]he bill may clear up some of the backlog in technical violation self-disclosures, but it’s not likely to have a major impact on how self-disclosures are reported because most aren’t technical in nature” given that CMS added flexibility to its regulations and interpretations in 2016. “For any remaining technical Stark violation self-disclosures, the alternate set of sanctions is likely to appeal to providers by establishing concrete penalties rather than forcing them to wait three to four years to find out how much they owe.”

The full article, “House Panel to Consider Easing Physician Self-Referral Law,” was published by BNA’s Health Law Resource Center on September 13, 2017, and is available online.