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A Public Policy Discussion: Taking the Measure of the Stark Law


AHLA’s Public Interest Committee convened sixteen national experts on Stark law to discuss the efficacy of the federal physician self-referral statute. The goal of the Convener on Stark Law was twofold: 1) to discuss the unintended consequences, challenges, and possible reforms of the physician self-referral laws, and 2) to prompt government consideration of alternative approaches to the regulation and enforcement of Stark as part of the healthcare reform debate. The Convener was held in two sessions in Washington, DC, the first on April 24, 2009 at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and the second on June 30, 2009 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel during AHLA’s Annual Meeting. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Justice, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues, and U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging were present to observe and listen to the dialogue and ask questions.

A White Paper summarizing the participant’s views on the efficacy of and the potential improvements to the Stark Law was published and distributed to government leaders and AHLA members in August, 2009.

We sincerely thank our participants:

  • Beth Schermer, Coppersmith Schermer & Brockelman, PLC – Moderator
  • S. Allan Adelman, Adelman Sheff & Smith, LLC
  • John T. Brennan, Crowell & Moring, LLP
  • Jonathan L. Diesenhaus, Hogan & Hartson
  • Robert G. Homchick, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
  • Andrea M. Kahn-Kothmann, Thomas Jefferson University
  • David E. Matyas, Epstein Becker & Green, PC
  • Kevin G. McAnaney, Law Offices of Kevin McAnaney
  • Jean M. Mitchell, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
  • Marc S. Raspanti, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP
  • Cynthia Y. Reisz, Bass Berry & Sims, PLC
  • Donald H. Romano, Arent Fox, LLP
  • Albert W. Shay, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP
  • Sanford V. Teplitzky, OBER | KALER
  • Cynthia F. Wisner, Trinity Health

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