The Stark Law was enacted as a means to keep physicians from self-referring. This means that physicians may not refer, order, or perform certain types of “Designated Health Services (DHS)” that they receive a financial benefit from.
These Designated Health Services can include:
- Lab services
- Radiology services
- Home health services
- Prescription drugs
- Hospital services
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Physical, occupational, or speech therapy services
The Stark Law works in tandem with the Anti-Kickback Statute, which prevents corporations and individuals from providing financial incentive to a physician in exchange for that physician promoting their product or service.
Physicians in violation of the Stark Law are not only compromising patient health, but they are driving up healthcare costs for the average taxpayer through overbilling and rising drug prices.
Why Become a Stark Law Whistleblower?
Exposure of Stark Law violations and other types of healthcare fraud often result in recoveries in the millions or even billions of dollars. As the first to file whistleblower, you could be entitled to up to 30% of the recovery.
Financial incentives for physicians often happen behind closed doors and require inside knowledge to bring to light. If you have such knowledge, it benefits not only you but all taxpayers to expose those involved. Under the False Claims Act, you are protected against retaliation from an employer for bringing a qui tam whistleblower suit on behalf of the government.
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If you have evidence of Stark Law or Anti-Kickback Statute violations, don’t hesitate to call Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein at 757-223-4536 for a free, confidential consultation. We have the resources and knowledge to take on even the largest corporations, and we can help you obtain the best results possible.
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