OIG 2007 Advisory Opinions - Spring 2008


In This Issue:

NO. 07-01: OIG Declines to Impose Sanctions on Hospital?s

Proposed Free Acute Dialysis Services


NO. 07-02: OIG Rejects Proposal to Subsidize Ambulance Costs


NO. 07-03: OIG Approves Credit Card Rewards to Benefit Nursing Home, Employees PAGE 4

NO. 07-04: OIG Approves Patient Assistance Programs Benefitting Financially Needy Part D Beneficiaries


NO. 07-05: OIG Rejects Proposed Hospital/Physician Joint

Venture in an ASC PAGE 5

NO. 07-06: OIG Approves Charitable Organization?s Cost-sharing Aid to Medicare Beneficiaries


NO. 07-07: OIG Approves Cash Donation to Senior Residence

Program PAGE 8

NO. 07-08: OIG Rejects Free Home Oxymetry Testing PAGE 9

NO. 07-09: OIG Approves Retailer?s Member Reward Program


NO. 07-10: OIG Approves Hospitals? Payments to Physicians for On-call Services PAGE 11

NO. 07-11: OIG Approves Grants for Cancer Patients? Out-of-pocket Treatment Costs PAGE 12

NO. 07-12: OIG Approves Lowand No-cost Therapy Services for

Veterans? Nursing Homes PAGE 13

NO. 07-13: OIG Disapproves Sale of ASC Ownership Interests to Optometrists PAGE 15

OIG 2007 Advisory Opinions NO. 07-14: OIG Approves

Exclusive Contracts for Ambulance Transport Services


NO. 07-15: OIG Approves Medigap Policy?s Use of Preferred

Hospital Network PAGE 17

NO. 07-16: OIG Approves Educational Videos to Prospective

Surgical Patients PAGE 18

NO. 07-17: OIG Approves Excluded Individual?s Transfer of

Intellectual Property Rights to Children?s Company PAGE 19

NO. 07-18: OIG Approves Costsharing and Premium Aid to Medicare and Medicaid Patients PAGE 19

NO. 07-19: OIG Approves Free Test Reports for Hospital


NO. 07-20: OIG Approves Location of Physician-owned Medical

Imaging Center PAGE 22

NOS. 07-21 & 07-22: OIG Approves Gainsharing arrangements

Involving Cost Savings in Cardiac Surgeries PAGE 22

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