Modernizing Stark

AHLA Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law

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The guiding principle for the self-referral laws was to prevent physicians from inappropriately referring patients based on the potential for financial gain. Yet, the health care delivery system has changed profoundly since passage of the first self-referral laws. Since 1989, the health care system has rapidly moved away from the traditional fee-for-service way of delivering medical care. Today, the health care system has moved towards a more coordinated, integrated approach.

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