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A Statement from The Center for Health Affairs on HHS Proposed Rules on Stark, Anti-Kickback Laws

Cleveland, OH, October 13, 2019 --( The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a set of proposed rules aimed at modernizing both the Stark law on physician self-referral and anti-kickback statute. Through these proposed revisions, HHS seeks to promote value-based care by facilitating efforts among providers to better coordinate care for patients.

“The Center for Health Affairs commends the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Alex Azar for their work to modernize these laws,” said Brian Lane, president and CEO of The Center. “By creating space for healthcare providers to work more efficiently and collaboratively, the proposed rules support hospital efforts aimed at enhancing coordination, ultimately improving care delivery for patients.”

The rules, which would expand protections and improve regulatory clarity for healthcare providers participating in value-based arrangements, are a component of HHS’ work to review and revise existing federal laws that impede efforts to shift the emphasis of reimbursement from volume to value.

About The Center for Health Affairs
The Center for Health Affairs has served as the collective voice of Northeast Ohio hospitals for over 100 years. With 36 member hospitals in nine counties in Northeast Ohio, The Center continues the legacy of its founders, working collaboratively to increase the efficiency of healthcare delivery, provide insightful healthcare information to the public, and undertake initiatives aimed at improving the health of the community. Find us online at
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