LOS ANGELES (November 5, 2004) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce the release of A Guide to Complying With Stark Physician Self-Referral Rules, written by a team of McDermott health lawyers. The Guide will assist physicians and medical group managers, hospital and health system executives, health plan managers and other providers of health services to navigate the complex myriad of Stark rules and regulations. The Guide can assist in the identification of compensation and investment deals that meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) exceptions, potential risk of ongoing business arrangements and the types of deals that will require further HHS clarification.
The Stark rules on physician compensation and investment took effect on July 26, 2004, and the financial risks are enormous for those who fail to comply. In its second phase of Stark self-referral regulations, the HHS has “simplified” physician deals by issuing additional details on the regulations. Stark is enforced by HHS's Office of Inspector General (OIG), and with its substantial civil penalties, including Medicare and Medicaid exclusion, Stark presents very serious economic and professional exposure for those who fail to comply.
Led by McDermott health partner Douglas M. Mancino, the team of McDermott authors includes: Ira J. Coleman, Gary Scott Davis, Gary B. Gertler, Eric B. Gordon, M.D., Daniel F. Gottlieb, Russell Hayman, Daniel H. Melvin, Joan F. Polacheck.
The Guide includes easy-to-follow explanations of the prohibitions and exceptions; 14 chapters devoted to the special Stark interests of different stakeholders (e.g., medical groups, hospitals, clinical labs, health plans, etc.); summaries of all Stark Advisory Opinions issued by the OIG; and copies of regulations and other formal documents.
The Guide has been published by Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS). To purchase the Guide, call 1.800.521.4323, or visit the AIS website. Subscribers to this comprehensive "how-to" loose-leaf guide will receive quarterly updates (and news summaries) for one year time period. Additionally e–mail alerts will be sent immediately regarding important regulatory developments to those subscribers who “opt-in” to this alert option.
AIS is a publishing and information company that has been serving the health care industry for more than 15 years. It develops highly targeted news, data and strategic information for managers in hospitals, managed care plans, medical group practices, pharmaceutical companies and many other health care organizations. AIS products include print and electronic newsletters, loose leafs, books, audio conferences, strategic reports and databases. For more information visit www.aishealth.com.