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Healthcare Alert: OIG to physicians: Review your financial agreements

Earlier this month, the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) issued a fraud alert warning physicians of their duty to ensure that their financial arrangements with healthcare companies involve bona fide services and are in line with fair market value.

The OIG also announced it had reached settlements with 12 individual physicians who had entered into questionable medical directorship agreements and office staff arrangements under which an affiliated healthcare entity had paid the salaries of the physicians’ staff. The OIG had alleged that under the circumstances the compensation for the medical directorship and the office staff arrangements constituted improper remuneration under the federal anti-kickback statute for the following reasons: