As as an update to our last post on the Stark Law changes adopted in the 2009 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule, additional changes to the Stark Law regulations will go into effect on October 1, 2009, causing many "under arrangements" relationships between hospitals and physician-owned, third party service providers to fall out of compliance. In addition, new rules governing the compensation terms of lease agreements involving physicians will become effective on the same date. As existing arrangements will not be grandfathered, the final rule's new restrictions will force many arrangements between physicians and hospitals, particularly hospital/physician joint ventures, to be restructured or noncompliant arrangements abandoned. Parties are encouraged to revise potentially noncompliant arrangements.… Continue Reading