Complying With 2016 Stark Law Amendments and Possible Changes in the Horizon for 2017

Navigating Revisions, Exceptions, and Clarifications to Provisions and Definitions

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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This CLE webinar will provide counsel to healthcare providers with guidance on the Stark Law amendments and reissued rules and outline compliance strategies in the current regulatory environment.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the most significant changes to the Stark law since 2008, which went into effect in 2016. The amendments established new exceptions and clarified existing exceptions and requirements.

The changes include exceptions related to recruitment for non-physician practitioners and certain timeshares and a broader fair market value exception. They also clarify retention payment regulations and provide guidance on the ownership and advertising requirements for physician-owned hospitals.

In Nov. 2016, CMS reissued its prohibition on certain unit-based rental arrangements with referring physicians, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. To ensure clients are in full compliance, counsel to healthcare facilities and providers must fully understand the amendments.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the Stark law amendments and analyzes the impact of the changes. The panel will also address the changes that providers and their counsel should make to be in compliance with the new/revised requirements.


  1. Stark law amendments
    1. New exceptions
    2. Clarifications
    3. Incident to services
  2. Reissued rules restricting per-click arrangements
  3. Impact of the changes
  4. What providers and counsel need to do to ensure compliance


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How do the amendments change the writing, term, holdover and signature requirements?
  • What new exceptions were created under the Stark Law amendments?
  • What must healthcare providers do now to ensure compliance with the Stark Law changes?


Adrienne Dresevic, Founding Partner
The Health Law Partners, Southfield, Mich.

Ms. Dresevic practices in all areas of healthcare law and devotes a substantial portion of her practice to providing clients with counsel and analysis regarding Stark and fraud and abuse. She also regularly assists clients with compliance issues, reimbursement issues, and payor audits. She has written extensively on subjects across the spectrum of health care law, including, co-authoring a monthly column in the Association for Medical Imaging Management's (AHRA) publication, Link, regarding up-to-date legal issues relevant to imaging providers and suppliers.

Clinton Mikel, Partner
The Health Law Partners, Southfield, Mich.

Mr. Mikel has practiced in almost all areas of healthcare law but has focused his practice on compliance with federal and state health care regulations and transactional matters. He specializes in HIPAA and state privacy laws, federal and state information breaches (strategic investigations and disclosures), state and federal telehealth/telemedicine issues, federal and state self-referral laws, including Stark, federal and state anti-kickback laws, and information technology issues. He represents a variety of health care providers, including telemedicine providers, physician groups, hospitals, large health systems, critical access hospitals, rural health centers, and sleep laboratories.

Fatema Zanzi, Partner
Drinker Biddle & Reath, Chicago

Ms. Zanzi represents health care providers and suppliers in all aspects of corporate transactional and regulatory matters, including counseling clients on compliance with federal and state fraud and abuse laws, Medicare and Medicaid provider enrollment and reimbursement laws, EMTALA, HIPAA and provider licensure and telemedicine laws. She provides business and legal advice to health care organizations undertaking strategic transactions, implementing health reform initiatives, and addressing Medical Staff quality and peer review matters.


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