New AIS Report Explains Stark Law-Regulated Physician Contracts
Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) - March 26, 2015 - Washington, DC

Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is pleased to announce the publication of Best Practices to Make Your Physician Contracts Stark Compliant, the latest report in its Management Insight Series. Failure to draft Stark-compliant contracts can result in severe penalties, which could include denial of payment or refund, civil money penalties up to $100,000, and exclusions from federal and state programs. This new report discusses the types of contractual relationships that are regulated by the Stark law, and explains in easy-to-understand language the types of physician compensation scenarios of which a compliance team should vigilant.

The report answers these and other key questions:

  • What is a Stark-compliant bonus program? Which programs could lead to trouble?
  • What are the restrictions on contracts with physicians for medical directorships?
  • What are the chief pitfalls in leasing space to physicians?
  • How can a compliance team determine whether the volume and value of referrals will affect compensation?
  • Where do physician contract rules come into play with employee physicians?
  • What are the main components of best practices for physician contracts?

Best Practices to Make Your Physician Contracts Stark Compliant also includes analysis of the Halifax and Tuomey whistleblower cases, two high-profile lawsuits that involved violations of Stark because of the facilities’ contracts with physicians. (Halifax Hospital settled its case for $85 million, and Tuomey Healthcare System was ordered to pay more than $237 million.)

For more information on Best Practices to Make Your Physician Contracts Stark Compliant, including a full table of contents, visit

AIS’s Management Insight Series is designed to provide practical solutions to complex business challenges with the help of the industry’s most insightful advisors and managers. See a full list of titles in this series at

About AIS
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Jill Brown, Executive Editor
Atlantic Information Services, Inc.
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