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New Bill Introduced to Limit Stark Law’s In-office Ancillary Services Exception

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A massive increase in referring physicians’ offerings of ancillary services in recent years has prompted some lawmakers to take action. On Aug. 1, 2013, H.R 2914 was introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) stating that “specified non-ancillary services” are not available for the exception, which include advanced diagnostic imaging services, anatomic pathology services, radiation therapy services and supplies, and physical therapy services.

This bill comes on the heels of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that examined the use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) equipment and whether or not the equipment was owned by the physician utilizing it. If the bill were to pass, it would deal a major blow to physicians currently providing the specified services.

For a detailed look at this bill and how it could affect you, please click here.

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