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HEALTH REFORM: Changes to the Federal Physician Self-Referral Law Included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Narrowing the Ability of Physicians to Own an Interest in a Hospital

In 2003, Congress modified the federal physician self-referral law (commonly referred to as the “Stark Law”) and adopted an 18-month moratorium on the ability of physicians to own an interest in a specialty hospital.[1] Although the moratorium officially lapsed in June 2005, over the last several years, Congress has continued to monitor and debate the issue of whether this exception to the Stark Law should be modified.

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