On Wednesday, New York Gov Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation that would have weakened existing state restrictions on physicians' ability to refer patients to facilities in which they have a financial interest. Assembly Bill 3551-A would have added some of the same exemptions found in the federal Stark law, such as the in-office ancillary exceptions for certain designated health services.
The New York Chapter has been actively opposing the bill, which was approved by the state legislature earlier this year and sent to the governor in September. The Alliance for Integrity in Medicare—a coalition of provider organizations, including APTA, committed to ending the practice of inappropriate physician self-referral—sent a letter to Cuomo in July asking him to veto the bill.
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