Is this a case of self-referral?

February 6, 2004

I have a solo internal medicine practice, and I also work as a part-time, salaried employee at a practice where I supervise physical rehabilitation patients. Some of these patients don't have a primary care doctor. Would I be breaking any laws by referring them to my private practice for general medical care?

Q. I have a solo internal medicine practice, and I also work as a part-time, salaried employee at a practice where I supervise physical rehabilitation patients. Some of these patients don't have a primary care doctor. Would I be breaking any laws by referring them to my private practice for general medical care?

A. No. Stark laws don't cover these types of referrals. Fraud and abuse laws that outlaw payment for referrals wouldn't apply in this situation, either.