1998 Advisory Opinions

HCFA-98-001 Physicians with ownership interests in an ambulatory surgery center asked whether they could make referrals to the ASC under the Stark Law. HCFA found that the ASC was located in a rural area and the referrals therefore qualified for an exception.
HCFA-98-002 Partners and physician employees of a proposed partnership asked whether, under the "in-office ancillary services" exception, they could refer Medicare and/or Medicaid patients to the partnership for eyeglass prescriptions filled subsequent to cataract surgery with the insertion of an intraocular lens. HCFA concluded that they could.