Imaging Economics: “The Last Round of Stark Rules”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the final Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System Rules (HIPPS Final Rule), published on August 19. The HIPSS Final Rule contains a number of Stark Rules that will have a substantial impact on a number of joint venture arrangements. The effective date of many of these changes is Oct. 1, 2009, and those with exposure should begin work to maintain compliance now.

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