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    Stark Law has three provisions that govern how Medicare and Medicaid patients can be referred by a physician to a facility in which the physician has financial interest. The Stark Law history is based in concerns over physicians self-referring. The law is named after Pete Stark, the US congressman who initially sponsored the bill. When doctors have financial interest in patients, blurring the line between patient and customer, the Stark Law governs interactions and behavior to protect the interests of the patient from intrinsically powerful life sciences companies and medical organizations.   Whether a physician owns a facility to which she is referring a patient, or whether she has an investment or compensation relationship with the facility, there is a concern about conflict of interest. The question is asked, did the doctor refer this particular patient to this facility because this is the best place to meet the patient’s needs,...
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