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Monthly Archives: March 2007

Final Stark Regulations Delayed — Again!

Posted in Ancillary Services, Fraud and Abuse, Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today in the federal register that it will delay publication of the much anticipated Phase III final Stark self-referral regulations (which were due out by today) until March 23, 2008. According to CMS, the delay is necessary in order to allow time to review and consider the extensive… Continue Reading

Controversial IDTF Guidelines Rescinded!

Posted in Ancillary Services, Billing & Reimbursement, Medicare

On February 19, 2007 (but effective retroactively to January 26, 2007), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rescinded the controversial IDTF transmittal referrenced in the February 18, 2007 entry on this Blog.  A copy of the notice can be found here: Transmittal 187.  Those guidelines would have imposed major new conditions on independent diagnostic testing facilities… Continue Reading

Bill Proposes To Reinstate Pennsylvania CON and Prohibit Self-Referrals

Posted in Ancillary Services, Pennsylvania Legislation

A recent bill proposed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would, among other things, reinstate the Certificate of Need (CON) program in Pennsylvania.  Specifically, House Bill 305, introduced on February 7, 2007, would require anyone proposing to make capital expenditures in excess of $500,000 for replacement technology or $1,000,000 for equipment or improvements in connection… Continue Reading