As previously reported on this blog, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had announced in 2007 that they intended to send requests for information to all Medicare participating hospitals for details regarding the investment/ownership and compensation arrangements between those hospitals and physicians to determine whether the arrangements were in compliance with the federal Stark statute. However, according to an April 10, 2008 notice published by the Office of Management and Budget, CMS has now withdrawn the Request for Information survey with no indication as to whether a new survey will be issued in the future. Of course, physicians who have financial relationships with hospitals should not assume that this issue is dead and gone but rather should take this opportunity to review their existing hospital relationships to ensure compliance with the Stark statute and regulations.