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    Stark Law: Group Practice Arrangements with a Hospital -- 411.357(h)

    411.357 Exceptions to the referral prohibition related to compensation arrangements

    (h) Group practice arrangements with a hospital. An arrangement between a hospital and a group practice under which DHS are furnished by the group but are billed by the hospital if the following conditions are met:

    (1) With respect to services furnished to an inpatient of the hospital, the arrangement is pursuant to the provision of inpatient hospital services under section 1861(b)(3) of the Act.

    (2) The arrangement began before, and has continued in effect without interruption since, December 19, 1989.

    (3) With respect to the DHS covered under the arrangement, at least 75 percent of these services furnished to patients of the hospital are furnished by the group under the arrangement.

    (4) The arrangement is in accordance with a written agreement that specifies the services to be furnished by the parties and the compensation for services furnished under the agreement.

    (5) The compensation paid over the term of the agreement is consistent with fair market value, and the compensation per unit of service is fixed in advance and is not determined in a manner that takes into account the volume or value of any referrals or other business generated between the parties.

    (6) The compensation is provided in accordance with an agreement that would be commercially reasonable even if no referrals were made to the entity.