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New Stark Law Exception for Sharing Space and Equipment

Physicians often ask about sharing space or equipment with colleagues. For a number of reasons, regulatory compliance often makes the proposed arrangement impractical, if not impossible. However, a new Stark exception will, for the first time, permit space and equipment sharing without having to satisfy the sometimes onerous and impractical lease requirements.

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Five Years Post-Bradley

Five years ago, on September 1, 2010, one of the nine “Bradley” bills, House Bill 459, took effect in Delaware. Among other things, this bill clarified the obligations of hospitals to report any disciplinary action affecting a physician’s privileges, the obligations of law enforcement to report unprofessional conduct by a physician, and that a physician’s failure to report unprofessional conduct of another physician is itself unprofessional conduct. Subsequent legislation incorporated “failure to report” into the definition of “unprofessional conduct” applicable to other health care professionals as well.

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Negative OIG Advisory Opinion Regarding Exclusive Arrangements Between Labs and Physician Practices

On March 25, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released Advisory Opinion 15-04 in which it concluded that an exclusive arrangement between a laboratory (“Requestor Lab”) and physician practices could generate prohibited remuneration under the anti-kickback statute. Furthermore, the OIG concluded that the proposed arrangement could violate the prohibition on charging Federal health care programs substantially in excess of usual charges, for which a provider may be excluded from participation in Federal health care programs.

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