BC Advantage - 2011 Issue 12

Stark Law Group Practice

Declining reimbursement or the threat thereof, rising expenses, and general inflationary factors have lead many physicians to evaluate other potential sources of income for their practice. Some physicians are taking a second look at the opportunity to generate income off of the referrals that would ordinarily be sent out to other providers. Other physicians are exploring the formation of practice groups to offset overhead costs and obtain economies of scale. Both of these options involve physician compensation arrangements.  When government payers are involved, the physician has to ensure that compensation arrangements comply with the federal self-referral and anti-kickback...

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