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Stark Law

Learn about Stark Law, including the definition of referral, financial relationship, and key concepts in Stark Law exceptions, such as fair market value.


The Ethics in Patient Referrals Act is a federal civil law that’s more commonly referred to as the Stark Law after the bill’s sponsor, US Representative Pete Stark. The act is also sometimes referred to as the Physician Self-Referral Law because, in general, it prohibits doctors from referring Medicare patients to the doctor’s own entities. Specifically, the Stark Law prohibits doctors from referring Medicare and Medicaid patients for specific, listed services if the...