The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said it wants to make the physician self-referral law, the Stark Law, less of a burden for healthcare organizations. It is seeking input on how to make that happen.
The agency said it wants to focus in part on how the law may impede care coordination. CMS issued a request for information seeking recommendations and input from the public on how to address any undue impact and burden of the Stark Law.
CMS previously asked for comments on regulatory burdens, and one of the top areas of burden identified in the more than 2,600 comments received was compliance with the Stark Law.
CMS now is soliciting specific input on a range of issues identified with the Stark Law “to help the agency better understand provider concerns and target its regulatory efforts to address those concerns,” it said. Comments can be made through August 24.
“We are looking for information and bold ideas on how to change the existing regulations to reduce provider burden and put patients in the driver’s seat,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement addressing the law. “Dealing with the burden of the physician self-referral law is one of our top priorities as we move toward a healthcare system that pays for value rather than volume.”
CMS said it is particularly interested in the public’s input on the structure of arrangements between parties that participate in alternative payment models or other novel financial arrangements, the need for revisions or additions to exceptions to the physician self-referral law, and terminology related to alternative payment models and the physician self-referral law.