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Stark Law and the False Claims Act

Stark Law and the False Claims Act

An important piece of legislation impacting physician's ability to bill Medicaid or Medicare is the Stark Law - named for Congressman Pete Stark who originally introduced the law.

The law may prohibit a physician from referring a patient to any medical facility that the physician has a personal financial interest in. There are exceptions - and the application of the law to any particular medical practice requires a detailed analysis.Violators of the law may be attempting to take advantage of government taxpayers for their own personal gain.

Anyone who learns that a physician or medical practice is violating the Stark Law through illegal self-interested referrals may be eligible to pursue a Qui Tam or Whistleblower action. This may result in receiving a percentage of the funds recovered on behalf of the government. These types of claims are brought pursuint to the False Claims Act.


The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, represents individuals in Qui Tam and Whistleblower actions for reporting violations of the Federal or South Carolina False Claim Act. If you believe that you have uncovered an illegal billing practice against the goverment contact our office today at 1-888-304-2418.

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