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Job Offers From Hospitals: Sorting Out Stark Issues

Carolyn Buppert, JD, MSN
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From the Law Office of Carolyn Buppert, PC, Bethesda, MD.

Correspondence to: Carolyn Buppert, JD, MSN, 7972 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814; e-mail: cbuppert@verizon.net


Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (http://www.chestpubs.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2011;139(1):195-199. doi:10.1378/chest.10-1315
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The Stark laws govern the rules under which physicians may make referrals to a designated health service paid for by Medicare; if the physician has a direct or indirect financial relationship with a service, then that physician is prohibited from making a referral to that entity. There are exceptions. Before contracting with hospitals for their services, physicians need to be aware of the legal ramifications.


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