Anti-Kickback Statute Office of the Inspector General

The Anti-Kickback Statute is a United States federal criminal statute that prohibits the exchange (or the promise to exchange) of anything of value for referrals of federal healthcare program business. The... more +
The Anti-Kickback Statute is a United States federal criminal statute that prohibits the exchange (or the promise to exchange) of anything of value for referrals of federal healthcare program business. The statute aims to prevent situations where government officials channel federal healthcare dollars towards particular providers, who have offered or given the official a personal benefit. Penalties for violation of the Anti-Kickback statute apply to both sides of a prohibited transaction and can include jail time and steep monetary fines. less -
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Summer Fraud and Abuse Roundup

Now that the kids are back in school and summer vacations are in the rearview mirror, it’s time to catch up on recent fraud and abuse developments. The federal government was busy this summer negotiating a pair of settlements...more

OIG Gives Green Light to Hospice Provider’s Payment to Nursing Facilities

Last week, the OIG issued a favorable opinion to a hospice provider seeking to make supplemental payments to skilled nursing facilities. Under the proposed arrangement, the hospice provider would make a supplemental payment...more

OIG Permits Copayment Coupon Arrangement for Statutorily Non-Covered Drug in Advisory Opinion 16-07

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a favorable Advisory Opinion 16-07 regarding a savings card program (Card Program) under which Medicare Part D...more

OIG Advisory Opinion Approves Drug Discount Program

Last week, the OIG posted favorable advisory opinion (16-07) regarding a proposed discount program for Part D beneficiaries who are prescribed a statutorily excluded erectile dysfunction drug. The OIG concluded that while...more

OIG Delivers Home Care a One – Two Punch: Release of Report and Alert on Home Health Fraud Highlights Increased OIG Scrutiny of...

On June 22, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued two communications that underscore its continued focus on fraud in home health care, along with the role of physicians as “gate keepers” in authorizing...more

Free Transportation Gets Another Nod from OIG

On March 1, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General once again issued a favorable advisory opinion for the provision of free transportation by a healthcare facility. In this instance, an...more

OIG Approves Wholly Owned Group Purchasing Organization

In Advisory Opinion 16-06, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) approved a proposal whereby the ownership of a group purchasing organization (GPO) would be restructured so that the GPO will be wholly owned by the same...more

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Wholly Owned GPO Arrangement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) on May 9, 2016, issued Advisory Opinion 16-06, finding a sufficiently low level of risk in a group purchasing organization (GPO) arrangement...more

Another Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement Approved by OIG in Advisory Opinion 16-05

On May 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued another favorable advisory opinion, No. 16-05 [PDF], regarding an agreement between a Medicare Supplemental Health...more

Finance Committee Report Places Medical Device Arrangements under Increasing Scrutiny

Hospitals and providers participating in physician-owned distributorships, or “PODs” may be at increased risk for government investigation or enforcement. A Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Report issued this month highlights...more

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Proposed Ownership Structure of Group Purchasing Organization

On May 2, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a favorable advisory opinion regarding a proposed arrangement, under which a group purchasing organization (GPO)...more

Physician-Owned Distributor (POD) Update

For some time, we have been reporting on issues involving federal government scrutiny of physician-owned distributors ("PODs"). From the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s ("OIG") issuance...more

OIG Approves Another Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network in Advisory Opinion 16-04

On April 18th, the OIG issued a new favorable Advisory Opinion, No. 16–04, regarding an agreement between a Medigap insurer and preferred hospital network. The opinion tracked other, similar opinions in favorably addressing...more

OIG Issues New Exclusion and CIA Guidance

On April 18, 2016, Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson announced the publication of updated guidance on how the Office of Inspector General (OIG) makes decisions about using its permissive exclusion authority and requiring...more

Yet Again, OIG Approves Medigap Policy Contracts with Preferred Hospital Network

On March 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued an advisory opinion approving the use of a preferred hospital network as part of Medicare Supplemental Health...more

OIG rules hospital's offer of free transportation, lodging doesn't violate anti-kickback statute

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services recently posted an Advisory Opinion describing a proposed arrangement by an academic medical center that offers free transportation and lodging to...more

OIG Approves Free Transportation and Lodging for Certain, Low-Income Pregnant Women - Advisory Opinion 16-02

On March 1, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-02 [PDF], approving an academic medical center's (AMC's) provision of free transportation and lodging...more

OIG Approves Charitable Program Providing Financial Assistance for MRIs in Advisory Opinion 15-14

On November 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 15-14. The Arrangement at issue is a charitable program designed to assist financially needy...more

OIG Approves Hospital-provided Transcription Services Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 15-15

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued Advisory Opinion 15-15 and concluded that an arrangement under which a hospital proposed to provide transcription services to a radiology practice in exchange for fair...more

OIG Approves Another Patient Assistance Program in Advisory Opinion 15-16

On December 28, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) approved another patient assistance program in Advisory Opinion 15-16. The OIG analyzed contributions to a private charitable organization under the anti-kickback...more

Charity's Patient Assistance Program Passes OIG Muster in Advisory Opinion 15-17

On December 28, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued OIG Advisory Opinion 15-17, approving a charity’s proposal to unveil a new patient assistance program dedicated to...more

OIG Issues (Another) Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 16-01

On January 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-01, approving yet another insurer’s proposed contract with a preferred hospital network. The...more

Drug Manufacturer Discount Cards: Accept With Caution

Pharmaceutical manufacturer discount card usage by government program beneficiaries has been an active area for government action in recent years. In a September 2014 Special Advisory Bulletin, the U.S. Department of Health...more

Whose Turn To Pay? New OIG Opinion Provides Clarity Regarding Payment of Radiology Transcription Fees

A new OIG opinion clarifies that providers are free to determine who will pay the transcription fees when separate parties perform the professional and technical components of a radiology exam. ...more

Solicitation of New Safe Harbors and Special Fraud Alerts

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced its annual solicitation of proposals and recommendations for developing new, and modifying existing, safe harbor provisions...more

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