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CMS Extends Timeline for Finalizing Changes to Physician Self-Referral (Stark) Law Regulations to August 2021

On August 24, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an “extension of the timeline” for publication of a final rule addressing changes to the Physician Self-Referral Law (or Stark Law) regulations.  In its announcement, CMS set a new deadline of August 31, 2021 for publication of a final rule.

According to CMS, the delay – which was announced as the industry awaited publication of the final rule by the end of August 2020 – is due to “the complexity of  the issues raised by comments received on the proposed rule.”  The proposed rule had been published in October 2019 (see our analyses of that proposed rule herehere and here).

It remains to be seen whether the Department of Health and Human Services will similarly delay publication of new proposed safe harbor regulations under the Anti-Kickback Statute and federal Civil Monetary Penalties Law that were issued in October 2019 and had been expected any day.

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Conor Duffy Cybersecurity Attorney
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Conor Duffy is a member of the firm's Health Law Group and its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. He advises hospitals, physician groups, community providers, and other health care entities on general corporate matters and health law issues. He also counsels clients on what measures are needed to safeguard data and patient information.

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Conor provides legal counsel to health care clients on various regulatory matters, such as Medicare and Medicaid program compliance, federal fraud and abuse laws, and the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act...

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