Poster Abstract

Compliance with the Stark Law in the CME Arena (P022)

SarahAnn Whitbeck (Intermountain Healthcare); Susan DuBois (Intermountain Healthcare)

  • Discuss the basic principles of the Stark Law and how they apply to Continuing Medical Education.
  • Review the necessary elements associated with developing Stark compliance agreements with speakers.
  • Outline rules associated with Stark compliance and the need to charge fair market value registration/CME fees.
  • Review the impact Stark compliance may have on your physician partners.

Intermountain Healthcare is a healthcare system with 23 hospitals located throughout Utah and Southern Idaho. The Stark Law applies to all areas of CME. Stark violations can be extremely costly to hospital and other entities that provide designated health services. As a result, we have developed and implemented a set of best practices for managing CME related financial relationships with physicians, including determining fair market value CME registration fees and speaker honorariums. This interactive lecture and discussion will provide important information that every CME program needs to know to protect their entity from potential Stark violations.


No funding sources.