Are Physician Self-Referral Regulations About to Change?

An HHS proposed rule might make exceptions to the physician self-referral regulation. What's the industry's strategy?

There’s a possibility that the regulations concerning physician self-referrals when it comes to DME could change. The edition of the HME Business Podcast talks to an expert to find out more.

In episode 019, the last of three special episodes from Medtrade in October, Kim Brummett, the vice president of regulatory affairs for the American Association for Homecare, sheds some light on a proposed rule by HHS to loosen the regulatory prohibitions against physician self-referrals when it comes to DME. Brummett talks about what this could mean for providers and how the industry is approaching the issue. While the situation is still coming it to focus, it is already concerning.

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In the previous episode, Laura Williard, vice president of payer relations for the American Association for Homecare, discusses how third-party administrations are increasingly getting involved in MCOs and often run right past protections for providers. Furthermore, there have been some business developments in the MCO-TPA world that are compounding this problem. 

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About the Author

David Kopf is the Publisher and Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazines. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.


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