New Stark Waivers and More Flexibility to Health Care Providers by CMS
Hospitals and other health care providers can receive doctors’ services or rent equipment (or vice versa) by paying above or below fair market value. For instance, a practicing doctor can willingly rent or sell any necessary equipment to a hospital at a cheaper price than the usual rates. Similarly, a hospital can provide space in its premises for free of charge to a doctor who is interested to treat patients who require consultation or care at the hospital, without the necessity for emergency services or inpatient care. In order to ensure continuity of health care operations during this crisis, health care providers can support and help each other financially. For example, a physician who owns a hospital can take a personal loan to the hospital without interest charges at a fair market rate, so that the hospital can make payroll and pay its vendors.