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Use these AMA resources to help with Stark Law, Medicare
e-Reports, Feb. 21, 2012
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AMA offers toolkit to help you avoid Stark Law penalties, fines
The Affordable Care Act includes significant changes to the Stark Law that may affect your practice. The law outlines self-referral regulations for physicians, and any violation of the statute can result in penalties that include payment denials and fines.

Now, the AMA has an online toolkit to help you understand the law and identify which referral patterns and business relationships are permissible and which you should avoid.

The “Stark Law Rules of the Road” is a free interactive tool that walks you through six simple questions to determine how the law might apply to you. It also defines key terms and explains a number of exceptions that permit certain self-referrals.

Find it on the AMA website.


Free brochure explains wellness services to your Medicare patients
The AMA and the AARP have created a brochure to help you better explain to your senior patients the additional preventive services offered by Medicare. The “Team Up To Stay Healthy” handout describes how patients can prepare for their physician visits by explaining what to expect, what to bring and what to ask their physicians. It also discusses recommended shots and screenings, which are available at no cost under the Affordable Care Act.

“This brochure clearly explains these covered services so patients can make more informed health care decisions with their physicians,” said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D.

The free brochure is available in English and in Spanish.

Order bundles of the brochure to distribute to patients.

Also, find information about preventive service CPT codes on the AMA website.

Find complete information about preventive visits at CMS.

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