Tis the Season: Gifts to Medicare Patients Nice Gesture or a Crime?

As we approach the holidays, now may be an appropriate time to point out the rules relating to gifts that providers can give to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. During this time of the year, some healthcare professionals may want to give gifts to their patients, other physicians or even referral sources. Before you do, consider […]

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 […]

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