The Stark Law also known as the Ethics in Patient Referrals Act is a statute that has been in place since 1989 to prevent the over utilization of healthcare services by physicians who have a financial relationship with the entity to which they are referring certain designated health services to. The law has generated very detailed regulations over the years which have garnered praise from many lawmakers as one of major regulatory weapons to prevent health care fraud. It has also garnered criticism from many in the industry who view it as a complex and confusing regulatory scheme which is an impediment to many legitimate business arrangements in the healthcare industry. The regulations generated as a result of the statute are now being modified as part of the Trump Administration’s deregulation initiative as well as its efforts to move toward value-based care. As a health lawyer, former compliance officer and now professor I have seen the challenges of working under its regulatory reach. The webinar is an effort to see how legislative intent has been met and how policy modification has and is occurring for providers and healthcare organizations.
March 28, 2020
CEU: 1.0 – Health Law and Compliance
Robert Garcia Eaton, JD MBA FACHE
Professor Bob Eaton grew up in Richmond, Virginia. In 1976, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College with a BA in Political Science and Business Administration. In 1980, he graduated from the University of Southern California with a MBA in Finance/Business Economics and a Juris Doctorate in Law. Eaton also holds a Certificate in Health Care Management from Georgetown University.
During his career, he has worked as a healthcare banker, corporate banker, lawyer, lobbyist, hospital administrator, regulator, consultant, and professor. In addition to serving as a professor for Georgia State University, he has also served as an adjunct professor in Health Care Administration for the University of Maryland University College and as an adjunct professor at State University of New York Stony Brook. From 1989 to 1993, Eaton served in the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Senior Executive Service as Associate Administrator for Program (Policy) Development at the Health Care Financing Administration (now Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).
Prof. Eaton is a member of three state bar associations and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Medicare Geographical Classification Review Board, an Advanced Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, the Health Information and Management Systems Society, and the National Association of Health Services Executives. In his spare time, he enjoys participating in family activities, fitness activities, and volunteer work.