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Stark decision leaves CMS open to more Medicare challenges>

Physician Practice Perspective, October 21, 2002

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If your practice has a financial arrangement with or owns a lithotripsy center, you no longer have to worry about violating the Stark law when you refer patients to the center. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia July 12 ruled that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) overstepped its bounds when it included lithotripsy services among the designated health services covered under Stark. The ruling means that many physician-owned lithotripsy ventures do not need to fit into one of Stark's exceptions to comply. The ruling allows physicians to refer patients

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