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CMS ratchets back Stark exceptions

CMS continues to struggle to define, explain and implement it nearly 19 years since Congress first began regulating physician referral relationships under Pete Stark’s leadership. The latest attempts appear as a “Phase III Final Rule” and as further tinkering in the 2008 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

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Would a practice merger be right for you?

If properly planned out, organized and implemented, a merger may indeed result in a larger group which would be stronger as one unit than the individual practices were prior to them coming together. This generally results in maintaining or increasing the total market share of the doctors involved.

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