PAI submits comments on AKS/Stark proposed rule

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) recently submitted letters to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to address the ‘Medicare and State Healthcare Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Revisions to Safe Harbors Under the Anti-Kickback Statute, and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules Regarding Beneficiary Inducements’ proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register on October 17.

PAI says that it is “generally supportive of both CMS’s and OIG’s efforts to remove regulatory barriers and create alignment between the Stark Law and AKS exceptions and safe harbors to encourage participation in APMs and innovative payment arrangements. [It is] also supportive of the new definitions related to value-based arrangements, including Value-Based Enterprise (VBE), VBE Participant, Value-Based Activity, Value-Based Purpose, etc.”

PAI’s mission is to “advance fair and transparent payment policies and contractual practices by payers and others in order to sustain the profession of medicine for the benefit of patients.”

Medical Association of Georgia Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. serves on PAI’s Board of Directors.

PAI’s letter to OIG

PAI’s letter to CMS

PAI website