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In March 2010 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) established the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (“SRDP”) for disclosures of violations of the Stark Law, which prohibits physicians from referring Medicare beneficiaries for designated health services to entities with which they have a financial relationship, unless an exception applies.

The SRDP provides an avenue for physicians to provide all necessary information to CMS in order to settle actual or potential violations of the Stark Law. CMS has the authority to reduce penalties assessed against the reporting provider for participating in the SRDP. CMS has disclosed its resolution of 16 settlements under the SRDP thus far. These settlements vary regarding the nature of the violation and settlement amount, and involve varying types of providers such as hospitals, specialty hospitals, and physician practices. For details of the actual settlements, click here