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Trusted Advice Regarding Stark Law And The Anti-Kickback Statute

Balancing your business goals against the vast landscape of health laws and regulations you must follow may feel like an impossible task at times. The Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) are just two examples of laws that are meant to prevent fraud and abuse among health care providers by regulating referrals of patients receiving Medicare, Medicaid or other federal health care program services.

At Williamson Health Law, our attorneys have decades of combined legal experience in the health law field. We understand the needs of our clients because representing health care providers and health systems is all we do. We regularly provide Stark opinions and analysis to assist clients in creating arrangements that both comply with the law and further their business goals.

Stark Opinions And Analysis

Whether you are structuring a new entity, entering into a new transaction or maintaining a long-standing arrangement, you should make sure it follows Stark Law and AKS. Our attorneys can analyze and opine on a variety of arrangements under Stark ownership and compensation exceptions, and AKS exceptions and safe harbors.

In addition to Stark Law and AKS, we can advise you regarding other state and federal regulations that may affect your practice.

Structuring Transactions For Compliance

As with most laws, the best way to avoid Stark Law and AKS problems is to structure your practice and its transactions properly from the outset. We understand these laws and with this understanding, we’re able to advise clients on compliant arrangements and transactions. We can help you create strategic solutions that fit within your business practice and minimize risk. A periodic review of your transactions will help keep you in compliance.

Self-Disclosure Protocols

Health care providers who discover actual or potential violations have the option of preparing self-disclosures under the Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol and the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol. Self-disclosure allows providers to resolve problems of noncompliant financial relationships and possible overpayment liability. If you discover a potential violation of these laws, we have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process to improve the likelihood of a resolution.

Reach Out Today

We are ready to help you understand the roles that Stark Law and AKS play in your practice. Contact our office in metro Detroit to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced health law attorneys. You may reach out to us online or call Deborah Williamson directly at 734-789-7948.