Stark Law (named for the congressman who sponsored the bill) and Anti-Kickback Statute are federal laws intended to prevent conflicts of interest in the health care industry and ensure that patient care is the highest priority. Stark and AKS relate to illegal referrals and financial relationships, including giving or receiving anything of value in exchange for health care referrals.
Penalties for Violation
According to the most recent data available (2013), violations of Stark resulted in more than $1.1 billion in settlements and verdicts against health care professionals and organizations.
Penalties for violating Stark or AKS can be up to $50,000 per claim and up to five years in prison.
Is Your Practice at Risk?
Ignorance of these laws is the gateway to violating them. You can be charged with a crime even if you didn’t know you were doing anything wrong. So, if you don’t know the guidelines for Stark and AKS, you are putting your practice and career at risk.
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