Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 11/25/2020  (Plain Text Version)

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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

 

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 The unpublished version can be accessed here.

 

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 The unpublished version can be accessed here.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.