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January 7, 2020

AGA encourages CMS to provide flexibility to physician practices

We support modernizing the Stark self-referral and anti-kickback statute.
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AGA and the physician community have long sought to update the Stark self-referral and anti-kickback statute in the era of value-based care that is contingent on shared-savings and care coordination among other physicians and health care providers.

Specifically, CMS has proposed exceptions directed at value-based arrangements and we believe that this will allow providers to participate in value-based arrangement while still protecting the Medicare program from potential abuses. CMS also has defined the financial risk requirements for value-based arrangements and AGA has urged the agency to finalize the full financial risk to the cost of only a defined set of patient care services for a targeted population.

AGA welcomed many of the changes that CMS is seeking and believes these proposed changes will enable physician practices to engage in value-based arrangements that will improve patient care.

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