The End of a Journey

By Penny Olivi, CRA, FAHRA

August 2009 — I cannot believe I am writing my last Link article. It has been a wonderful year, the best year of my professional life. There are no words that can express how you feel at the end of this most amazing journey.

The October 1st Stark Law Changes: Implications for Diagnostic Imaging Arrangements

By Adrienne Dresevic, Esq. and Carey F. Kalmowitz, Esq.

August 2009 — Last year, on August 19, 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published final Stark rules in its 2009 Final Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems Rule (the “Final Rule”). The Final Rule contains 3 significant modifications to the Stark regulations which become effective this year on October 1, 2009. This article addresses these modifications and their implications for common diagnostic imaging arrangements.

CRA: A Matter of Credibility & Recognition

By Michael R. Hughes, CRA, FAHRA

August 2009 — In order to address the matter of credibility and recognition of the CRA credential and program, I feel I should give you a little background on where the program came from, where it is now, and current plans for moving into the future.