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November 25, 2020

In This Issue
Temperatures Drop & Independent Practices Again Left Out In The Cold
Happy Thanksgiving from the MMA!
MMA & Maine COVID-19 Vaccine Planning
Maine CDC Rule Mandating Flu Vaccine for Health Care Workers
Climate Action Briefing for Maine Physicians
Feds to Allocate COVID-19 Vaccines Based On Population Not Risk
COVID ‘Long Haulers’ & Potential COVID Vaccine Side Effects
Interoperability and Patient Access Learning Event — December 9
CMS Issues Final Revised Rules for Stark Law
JAMA: Resident Physician Experiences With and Responses to Biased Patients
Volunteers Needed for the Medical Professionals Health Program
A Message from Maine Responds - Volunteer Opportunity
Maine Medical Association Enduring Education Opportunity
MICIS: Opioid Prescribing Presentation & Individual Academic Detailing Sessions
Baystate Financial – Fiscal Fitness for Life
MAINE LEGISLATURE
ELECTION UPDATE: State Legislature
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - Feb 12-14, 2021
Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2-3, 2021
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Nursing Director
Family Medicine Physician at Greater Portland Health
Behavioral Health Clinician

 
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CMS Issues Final Revised Rules for Stark Law

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) late last week finalized changes to what is commonly referred to the physician self-referral law, formally known as the “Stark Law.” The unpublished version can be accessed here.

By way of background, the "Stark Law" was enacted in 1989 and "prohibits a physician from making referrals for certain designated health services payable by Medicare to an entity with which he or she (or an immediate family member) has a financial relationship (ownership, investment, or compensation), unless an exception applies," CMS identifies "Designated health services" to include “clinical lab services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiology, durable medical equipment, home health services, outpatient prescription drugs, and inpatient and outpatient hospital services.”

The first draft rule can be found here. A second draft came from HHS's Office of the Inspector General. Please refer the CMS’ final fact sheet for more information and a description of changes.

 

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