Stark Law is a series of federal laws and regulations that prohibit physician self-referral, which means they can’t provide a patient with a referral to a physician with whom they have financial or compensation ties. The purpose for this law is to make sure doctors always have the patient’s best interests at heart, which prevents doctors from making referrals with money at the top of their mind.

These laws are important, but they do provide exceptions, like the possibility of providing a referral within the same practice. However, it is very important to ensure that all of your organization’s physicians are in compliance with this law. That means everyone must be kept up-to-date and made aware of any changes.

That happened recently, as more covered codes were added to Stark Law. Since your hospital’s Intranet is a major communications hub, it is a premier resource for providing doctors with the information needed to comply with this law. Many hospitals are using their Intranet to keep everyone up to date. Here are a few ideas for doing just that:

  • Establish and maintain a Stark Law page and use it as a newsfeed of sorts, to communicate the details of the law and what it entails. Just as importantly, the page can detail the exceptions. Best of all, the language used on the page can reflect the simple terms your personnel use to refer to Stark Law.
  • When the news feed is changed or updated, send notifications to staff regarding the changes and also to inform them of new blog posts or news articles about Stark law.
  • Set up a forum so that staff can discuss aspects of Stark Law.
  • Use the Intranet to keep track of referrals and double-check them to make sure everyone is made in an ethically acceptable way.
  • Use the Intranet to make sure Stark Law information is easily available and to make sure legal staff is easily accessible and available for employees anytime they may have questions.