This puts an end to investing or participating in anything that could be related to the practice if you own part of the business it appears as this is one more item that will be not be covered...let's see how long is this list? BD
CMS issued final regulations prohibiting physicians from referring Medicare patients for certain items, services and tests provided by businesses in which they or their immediate family members have a financial interest. This regulation is the third phase of the final regulations implementing the physician self-referral prohibition commonly referred to as the Stark law. "These rules protect beneficiaries from receiving services they may not need and the Medicare program from paying potentially unnecessary costs," said Herb Kuhn, CMS acting deputy administrator.