Stark Law Updates to Impact Palliative Care Providers

The Trump administration is seeking extensive revisions to the Stark Law, a law designed to address conflicts of interest in physician referrals, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said in a speech to the Federation of American Hospitals. Currently referrals to hospice are exempt from the Stark Law, but the law […]

States Seek Hospice Exemption for Opioid Prescription

A year after imposing restrictions on opioid prescriptions, some states now seek to loosen the reins. Florida is the most recent state to consider exempting hospices from restrictions designed to curb the nation’s opioid epidemic. A state Senate committee on Feb. 19 approved a bill that would exempt health care providers from checking the state’s […]

Hospice Training Bill Moves Forward in House

Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and bipartisan co-sponsors have reintroduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 647) in the House of Representatives. This bill would provide funds to increase the number of permanent faculty in academic institutions that provide education and training for hospice and palliative care providers, with the ultimate […]