Health Care Partner Linda Baumann quoted in Bloomberg BNA article on new rules for self-disclosing Stark Law violations
In an effort to streamline the process for self-disclosing Stark Law violations, the government has introduced several new forms that must be used for any disclosure as of June 1, 2017. While the forms include most of the information that had to be reported in the past, the new forms also require health care providers to disclose how pervasive their Stark law violations are in the context of similar financial arrangements. Arent Fox Health Care partner Linda Baumann notes that she frequently advised clients to provide this information in the past since it often helps demonstrate that the issue was not a chronic or systemic problem. However, the new forms also require very specific formatting, which may add to the providers’ burden in the self-disclosure process. Nevertheless, Ms. Baumann predicts that providers will continue to self-disclose Stark violations, or even increase their self-disclosures because it is one of the few viable ways to reduce liability arising from overpayments related to the Stark Law. To read the article in full, click here.