OIG: Complimentary In-Home Care Permitted, Despite Potential Anti-Kickback Violation

A recent advisory opinion issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General has given a medical center the go-ahead to provide free in-home care to reduce re-admissions, despite a prohibition against giving patients handouts that might influence care decisions. The OIG advisory opinion is in response to a […]

OIG: Pediatric Clinic Can Provide Routine Cost-Sharing Waivers

A pediatric clinic that provides medical, psychiatric and dental care to low-income children can waive cost-sharing amounts for patients in financial need, even though the arrangement does not meet the regulatory exception for permitted waivers of cost-sharing amounts under the Civil Monetary Penalties Law, according to an Advisory Opinion issued by the Health and Human […]

OIG Opinion Applies Access to Care Exception

Can a hospital system provide free or reduced-cost lodging and meals to certain financially needy patients, or would such an arrangement (a) constitute either a violation of the federal anti-kickback statute or (b) constitute grounds for the imposition of civil monetary penalties because it would violate a provision of the Social Security Act that prohibits […]

OIG Says Free Labeling of Test Tubes, Collection Containers Could Violate Anti-Kickback Laws

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued an advisory opinion suggesting that a laboratory’s proposal to label test tubes and specimen collection containers at no cost to dialysis facilities could constitute remuneration under the anti-kickback statute and result in potential sanctions. The opinion issued this month came at the request of an unnamed laboratory […]

OIG opinion: Free transportation doesn’t violate anti-kickback statute

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General recently issued an opinion stating that a large healthcare system’s free van shuttle service for patients does not violate the federal anti-kickback statute. The statute makes it a criminal offense to knowingly and willfully offer, pay, solicit, or receive any remuneration to induce […]

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