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Medicare program; physician financial relationships with, and referrals to, health care entities that furnish clinical laboratory services and financial relationship reporting requirements--HCFA. Final rule with comment period



Medicare program; physician financial relationships with, and referrals to, health care entities that furnish clinical laboratory services and financial relationship reporting requirements--HCFA. Final rule with comment period



Federal Register 60(156): 41914-41982



This final rule with comment period provides that, if a physician or a member of a physician's immediate family has a financial relationship with an entity, the physician may not make referrals to the entity for the furnishing of clinical laboratory services under the Medicare program, except under specified circumstances. It contains revisions to our proposal of March 11, 1992, based on comments submitted by the public. Further, it incorporates the new expansions and exceptions created by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 and the amendments in the Social Security Act Amendments of 1994 (SSA '94), that are related to referrals for clinical laboratory services and have a retroactive effective date of January 1, 1992. In addition, we are responding to comments received on the interim final rule with comment period (published on December 3, 1991) that set forth Medicare reporting requirements for the submission by certain health care entities of information about their relationships with physicians. That document implemented the reporting requirements of section 1877(f) of the Social Security Act. This rule revises those requirements to incorporate the amendments to section 1877(f) made by SSA '94, to apply to any further reporting we may require.

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