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CHA Responds to Request for Information About Stark Law Improvements

Comments include law's impact on care coordination

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CHA has submitted the attached comment letter responding to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) request for information on how to address the burdens of the physician self-referral law — also known as the Stark Law — as well as feedback on how the law impedes care coordination. In its comments, CHA highlights the obstacles California hospitals and physicians face navigating compensation regulations built for a fee-for-service model. CHA encourages CMS to create or modify compensation exceptions to the Stark Law to enable hospitals and physicians to better coordinate care and improve patient outcomes.

Members are also encouraged to send individual letters to CMS. Responses are due by Aug. 24 and may be submitted electronically. Additional information is available on the CMS website.