Final rule isn’t the last word on Stark

By Michele M. Zembo, MD, MBA

Look for possible additional changes in 2008

On September 5, 2007, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Phase III Final Rule to the Federal Physician Self-referral Prohibition Statute, commonly known as “Stark.” These regulations become effective on Dec. 4, 2007. Although titled the “Final Rule,” they are likely anything but the last word on Stark.

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