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CMS extends timetable for final Stark rule by one year

Physician Practice Advisor, March 28, 2007

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will extend its timeline for issuing the next round of regulations in the Stark self-referral law-Stark II, Phase III-by one year, according to a notice published in the March 23 Federal Register. The regulations were originally slated for release on March 26, 2007.

CMS published the interim Phase II rule on March 26, 2004 and established a three-year timeline for finalizing the regulation. However, CMS was unable to meet the established deadline because it has received "extensive public comments requesting clarification of and revisions to physician self-referral regulations."

Click here to read the announcement in the Federal Register.