Physician groups see problems with Trump administration’s Stark law, anti-kickback changes

Advertisement

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:

UPDATED WITH PHYSICIAN GROUP COMMENTSThe Trump administration on Friday signed off on long-awaited changes to physician self-referral and anti-kickback rules that aim to boost value-based care by making it easier for providers, suppliers and others to work together.During an exclusive interview with Modern Healthcare ahead of the announcement, HHS Secretary Alex Azar and HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan discussed how the changes could affect the healthcare industry.Hargan said the current rules need an update because they’re “constraining the next development of value-based care (because) providers risk getting strict liability fines under the Stark rules or criminal sanctions under the Anti-Kickback Statute.”The final rules give providers more flexibility to take part in value-based arrangements and coordinate and manage patient care by reducing their potential liability and administrative work in exchange for taking on risk. Providers get to decide how much risk to accept, but they’ll have to deal with some trade-offs.”The more risk you take, the more flexibility you get under these new regulatory exceptions,” Hargan said.Providers, healthcare technology companies and others will be able to join forces to achieve a specific value-based goal for a target population through so-called “value-based enterprises.” For example, a hospital …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE