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Phase I of the Stark II Regulations Arrive

January 01, 2001

By Healthcare Practice Group

On January 4, 2001, two years after publishing proposed regulations interpreting the federal physician self referral laws commonly known as "Stark II," HCFA issued "Phase I" of the final regulations interpreting Stark II's prohibitions. In Phase I, HCFA has made significant changes to the Stark II regulations originally proposed in January 1998. In light of these significant changes and HCFA's attempt to respond to health care community concerns regarding Stark II's impact, the effective date of the regulations has been delayed until January 4, 2002 (except in the case of certain physician home health plan of care certification regulations which go into effect on February 5, 2001).