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Medicare ACOs get final waivers for Stark, kickback laws
Modern Healthcare

More than three years after the launch of the Medicare shared-savings program for accountable care organizations, HHS finalized waivers that help participants avoid tripping the fraud and abuse laws that police financial relationships among physicians and hospitals. The new rule makes some tweaks but doesn’t significantly change waivers to the anti-kickback statute, the physician self-referral statute known as the Stark law and the civil monetary penalties law, which many in the industry viewed as potential barriers to the payment and delivery model.