The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a unique set of circumstances for many healthcare providers. Delivering quality patient care, while at the same time trying to navigate existing laws and regulations, has many providers questioning whether the arrangements they are making in response to this public health emergency will not get them into trouble with…

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On January 13, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted an advisory opinion in which it approved a hospital’s request to provide discounted training to a fire department’s personnel at the hospital’s facility. The hospital asked the government watchdog whether such an arrangement would constitute grounds for the imposition of sanctions under the exclusion authority…

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A nonprofit, federally qualified health center look-alike (FQHC) can use grant funds to provide telehealth equipment and services for free to facilitate encounters with patients of a county-run clinic that provides testing, treatment and counseling for HIV, based on a recent advisory opinion issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the…

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An ostomy product distributor can give free samples to Medicare patients without worrying about violating the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, according to a recent advisory opinion from the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Anti-Kickback Statute makes it a criminal offense to knowingly and willfully offer, pay, solicit…

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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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Medicare Criminal Defense If you need a Medicare criminal defense attorney, The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale P.A., established in 1982, is a recognized leader in Medicare fraud and Medicaid fraud defense. With over 30 years of experience come insights and abilities that few other firms can match. Our team of experienced professionals…

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