March 25, 2014
Article by Peter W. Chatfield published in Healthcare Finance News, 3/25/2014.
The federal laws prohibiting hospitals from paying physicians for referrals are not new, but hospitals need to be on notice: Examine physician compensation structure because enforcement actions are becoming more frequent.
As hospitals continue to employ more physicians, more scrutiny of these arrangements has occurred. If violations of the Stark Law or Anti-Kickback Statute are found, hospitals face significant financial exposure.