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Healthcare Organizations Call for Quick Action on Kickback Law Changes

Labs and the health industry have been waiting for years for some Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) relief. Last October, HHS, CMS and the OIG finally unveiled the long-awaited plans to modernize the laws and loosen their restrictions to allow for value-based care arrangements. (For the details, see Lab Compliance Advisor (LCA), Oct. 22, 2019). Then came the COVID-19 pandemic. And now comes word of still another roadblock. It seems that the final rules are bogged down in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and it’s unclear when they’ll be released.

On Aug. 5, a group of 120 healthcare organizations, trade groups, suppliers and vendors issued a letter asking the President to take fast action and approve the proposed changes. “With the completion of this important work so close at hand, a single word from you would lift your team across the finish line,” the letter urges.

 

 

 

 

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