Massachusetts Medical Society: Basic Introduction to Stark Law

Basic Introduction to Stark Law

Basic Introduction to the Stark Law

Course Overview

Over the past decade or so, there has been an increasing shift in physician employment structure around Massachusetts and the nation due to the increasing complexities of running a medical practice because of the overwhelming administrative, legislative and regulatory demands that disproportionately burden physicians, especially independent physicians. As physicians enter into employment contracts or consider opening their own practice, it's more important than ever for physicians to have an understanding of the Stark Law, how to remain compliant, and its impact on their practice of medicine. 

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the basics of the prohibition on physician self-referral law, commonly known as the Stark Law.
  • Identify potential areas of concern under the Stark Law
  • Examine different referral options that may be available to protect certain financial relationships
  • Demonstrate compliance with Stark Law


Meghan Cosgrove
Partner in the Health Care Department
Barrett & Singal, P.C.

Abbey Friedler
Associate in the Health Care Department
Barrett & Singal, P.C.

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member Physician: $20.00 
MMS Resident/Student Member: Free
Non-Member Physician: $45.00 
Non-Member Resident./Student: $10.00
Allied Health Professional/Other: 16.00


Slides & Video

CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™  

Accreditation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.   Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

MOC Approval Statement 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Family Medicine
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry & Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term

Original Release Date: May 4, 2018  
Review Date: N/A     
Termination Date: May 4, 2021

System Requirements

Windows 10
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE 11+
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome latest version
Safari 12+
iOS devices beginning with OS version 10 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones.  
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported. 

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