Stark law governs physician self-referral for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Physician self-referral is the practice of a physician referring a patient to a medical facility in which he has a financial interest, be it ownership, investment, or a structured compensation arrangement. Critics of the practice allege an inherent conflict of interest, given the physician's position to benefit from the referral.
Stark Law proponents suggest that physician self-referral may encourage over utilization of services, in turn driving up health care costs.
The law is named for United States Congressman Pete Stark, who sponsored the initial bill.
n. rare and harmless condition characterized by acute hematoma of the fingers. It often occurs spontaneously or subsequent to minor injuries. Because of the sudden onset of intense burning pain and the subsequent development of hematoma, the patients are frequently alarmed. The cause of AS is still unknown.
n. Congenital anomaly of the splanchnic vasculature, arising from defects in vitelline vein formation. The first account of an absent portal vein and a congenital mesenteric-caval shunt was given by Dr. John Abernethy in 1793.