Latest Insights from the Burr & Forman Healthcare Team

 Friday, February 14, 2020

Burr & Forman’s experienced legal team serves clients with local, national, and international legal needs. With particular industry strengths in the healthcare sector, our attorneys draw from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience to serve as trusted business advisors and legal counsel to help clients achieve their goals. Here are the latest insights from Burr’s Healthcare Team:

Hospital Price Transparency Rule
By Anthony Romano, Partner, Burr & Forman

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule (the “Transparency Rule”) at 45 C.F.R. Part 180 on Nov. 27, 2019, that will, effective Jan. 1, 2021, require “Hospitals” to, among other things, establish, update, and make public online: (i) a list of their standard charges for items and services in a machine-readable format, and (ii) a list of certain shoppable services in a consumer-friendly manner. Reprinted with Permission from the Birmingham Medical News.

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Proposed Stark Law Changes May Impact Physician Compensation Models
By Howard Bogard, Partner, Burr & Forman

On Oct. 9, 2019, CMS proposed sweeping changes to the federal Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly referred to as the Stark Law. While many of the changes reflect CMS’s intent to allow greater flexibility to address certain value-based compensation arrangements, a somewhat overlooked proposal could have a material effect on how physician group practices allocate profits from Stark Law designated health services (DHS). Currently, many physician group practices, especially large or multi-specialty practices, allocate DHS profits to its physicians based on DHS categories. Reprinted with Permission from the Birmingham Medical News.

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CMS and OIG Issue Proposed Changes to the Stark, Anti-Kickback Statute and Beneficiary Inducement Civil Monetary Penalty Law
By Jim Hoover, Partner, Burr & Forman

On Oct. 9, 2019, CMS and Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) issued proposed changes to the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law), the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and the Beneficiary Inducement Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) law. Each proposed rule is rather lengthy, so this article will simply summarize the proposed changes to the AKS and CMP law. Both CMS and the OIG issued fact sheets relating to their respective proposed rules to summarize the changes. The CMS fact sheet describing the proposed changes to the Stark Law is located on CMS’ website. The OIG fact sheet describing the proposed changes to the AKS and CMP Law is located on the OIG’s website.  Reprinted with Permission from the Birmingham Medical News.

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