April 11, 2013 — In its 2014 budget plan released April 10, the Obama administration has directly targeted self-referral, proposing that certain imaging services be excluded from the in-office ancillary services exception to the federal Stark law.
Not only does the proposal address self-referral directly for the first time, it quantifies the savings that would be gained by closing this loophole — $6.1 billion over 10 years, according to Cynthia Moran, assistant executive director of the American College of Radiology (ACR).
“This president has not mentioned self-referral in any previous budgets,” Moran toldAuntMinnie.com. “Even though this document is a policy ‘wish list,’ it’s significant that the administration has named a dollar amount of money that would be saved by narrowing the Stark law.”
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