When Ignorance is Not a Defense

A 79-year-old New Jersey physician who was charged in connection with a healthcare kickback scheme now faces sentencing in June after being convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for blood test referrals. As we previously wrote about, Dr. Bernard Greenspan, 79, was among more than 40 people, many of them physicians, who allegedly accepted payments […]

OIG opinion: Free home health visits are not kickbacks

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General recently issued an opinion that a home healthcare provider’s policy to offer free introductory visits to patients who have already chosen it as their provider does not violate the federal anti-kickback statute. In its request for an advisory opinion, the home healthcare provider […]

Florida ALFs latest target of Medicaid fraud investigators

Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs), and the patient placement agencies with which they work, have become the latest target of Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) investigators. Recently, these agencies have been conducting interviews with ALF owners, managers and marketing personnel at facilities where they suspect possible kickbacks in violations of the Florida Patient Brokering Statute […]

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