Bipartisan Health Care Innovation Caucus applauds Department of Health and Human Services efforts to reform Stark Law and anti-kickback statute

Pictured: Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2). Mullin is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and vice-chair of the Native American Caucus.(Photo: mullin.house.gov)

Proposed reforms seek to break down barriers for patients and improve value-based care.

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Office of U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2)

Today, the Health Care Innovation Caucus co-chairs U.S. Representatives Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Ron Kind (D-WI) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for proposing changes to modernize the Physician Self-Referral Law (the “Stark Law”) and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute. These proposed reforms seek to break down barriers for patients and improve value-based care.

“Patients need affordable, high quality health care and reducing regulatory burdens improves access to that care,” said Mullin. “These reforms will help ensure the federal government doesn’t stand in the way as medical innovation brings health care into the 21st century. I applaud HHS for taking these steps that will lead to more innovation in our health care industry.” 

“I commend President Trump and Secretary Azar for these proposals that work to improve quality and value in our health care system, which is a shared goal of all in Congress,” said Bera. “The Stark and Anti-Kickback laws are critical to deter and catch waste and fraud, but they were created with a fee-for-service health care in mind, not the system we have been advancing based on innovative partnerships, provider flexibility with accountability, and patient engagement. I look forward to reviewing the regulations in detail and continuing to work with the Administration and our colleagues in Congress to encourage new ideas and accelerate promising strategies to improve the health care system for both patients and providers.” 

“This Department of Health and Human Services proposal to reform anti-kickback statutes and Stark Law is a necessary step away from our volume-driven health care system,” said Kelly. “I commend the Trump Administration in its effort to implement models of coordinated care that will improve quality and reduce prices. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the 116th Congress to shape a marketplace that incentivizes innovation and patient-centered outcomes.” 

“The Administration’s proposals to reform Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute have the potential to create access to better quality, comprehensive, and coordinated health care,” said Kind. “I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Administration to move our health care system away from the current fee-for-service model to a more value-based system.” 

The Health Care Innovation Caucus will advance a legislative agenda that encourages innovative policy ideas to improve the quality of care and lower costs for consumers. The main focus of the Health Care Innovation Caucus is to explore and advance successful, innovative payment models as well as the technologies needed to support these models. 

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