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Physician Owned Hospital Expansion – CMS Approval Process

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

By John Fisher, JD, CHC, CCEP

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Expanding Physician Owned Hospitals – Stark Law Approval Process

The Stark Law prohibits physicians from owning interests or having financial relationships with entities that provide “designated health services,” including hospital services, unless an exception exists.  The Stark Law contained an exception that permitted investment in a “whole hospital” but that exception was seriously limited under the Affordable Care Act.  Physician-owned hospitals must now obtain CMS approval of any expansion projects.  CMS regulations define the process and requirements for obtaining CMS approval of expansion projects.

I posted an article on the Health Law Blog that summarizes some of the requirements for obtaining approval for expansion of a physician-owned hospital.

Read more here: Health Law Blog