Portman Applauds Administration Proposal to Reform Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute

New Proposal Incorporates Concepts From Portman’s Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act 

October 9, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC  - Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement of proposed changes to modernize and clarify the restrictive regulations for the Physician Self-Referral Law (“the Stark Law”) and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, which have stifled uptick in provider participation in value-based payments and other alternative payment models. Portman issued the following statement:  

“I applaud the administration for its proposal to reform the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback statute, which incorporates many of the concepts in my Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act to reduce unnecessary burdens on providers that discourage collaboration and coordination in Alternative Payment Models. This is real progress in our efforts to improve quality and outcomes while reducing costs. I look forward to working with the administration and my bipartisan colleagues in Congress to further these goals.” 

NOTE: Senator Portman introduced the Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act earlier this year to modernize physician self-referral prohibitions and to encourage greater promotion to Alternative Payment Models in Medicare.