OIG reviewing comments on provision of patient transportation

In 2014, the Office of the Inspector General accepted comments from the public in connection with a proposed safe harbor relating to the provision of free or discounted transportation services provided to Medicare patients. If issued in final form, providers who meet the safe harbor criteria would be protected against the risk of enforcement for a violation of the Medicare statutory Patient Inducement Prohibition. That provision authorizes the imposition of civil penalties and possible exclusion against providers who offer improper inducements to patients.The statutory prohibition was enacted in 1996, when (Read more...)

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