Healthcare professionals and providers are at risk of two different avenues of attack under federal laws -- the federal anti-kickback statute makes knowing and willfull misconduct a criminal offense, and the federal physician self-referral statute (known as "Stark") is a civil prohibition (as opposed to a crime) where intent is irrelevent. Today's challenge for healthcare executives and providers alike is to successfully nagivate these complex statues and ensure compliance with both anti-kickback and Stark laws. This site includes a summary of certain compliance issues facing health care providers today. This site does not, and is not intended to, give legal advice. Reference should be made to full text of the statutes and regulations for complete analysis.
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