What Orthodontists Need to Know About Illegal Referrals, Kickbacks, and Fee-Splitting Schemes

What Orthodontists Need to Know About Illegal Referrals, Kickbacks, and Fee-Splitting Schemes

To ensure legal compliance, orthodontists, like other healthcare professionals, should maintain a basic awareness of how these healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse laws may impact their practice. To this end, we summarize below the Stark Law, AKS, and related state laws, with an emphasis where applicable on Illinois law. Brace yourself for this number: Of...

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Can an Illinois Physical Therapist Give or Receive Money in Exchange for Referrals?

Can an Illinois Physical Therapist Give or Receive Money in Exchange for Referrals?

As a physical therapist, you may have been offered money or gifts in exchange for referrals. Perhaps you have considered offering a referring physician money or gifts in exchange for a referral. If you are not yet familiar with laws relating to giving and receiving money in exchange for referrals, make sure you educate yourself...

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3 Things Psychiatrists Need to Know About the Anti-Kickback Statute

3 Things Psychiatrists Need to Know About the Anti-Kickback Statute

The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits individuals and entities from offering anything of value, whether cash or otherwise, in exchange for any federal healthcare program business. Federal healthcare programs include Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, Department of Labor health programs, and more. Any violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) can result in civil fines, criminal penalties, and program removals....

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Does Your Practice Accept Medicare or Medicaid? You Need a Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Compliance Plan

Does Your Practice Accept Medicare or Medicaid? You Need a Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Compliance Plan

Fighting healthcare fraud, waste and abuse is a government priority. To avoid trouble, every medical practice needs to understand the laws and develop a custom-tailored compliance plan. For healthcare practices, there’s a team of special agents that’s more feared and revered than the FBI — and that’s the Department of Health and Human Services, Office...

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3 Questions a Chiropractor Should Ask before Hiring a Physical Therapist

3 Questions a Chiropractor Should Ask before Hiring a Physical Therapist

Can a chiropractor hire a physical therapist? This question might seem simple, but it implicates a complex array of federal and state laws.  As healthcare practices continue to consolidate and merge, it’s also a question that we’re asked frequently.  Each client and each situation are different, and this post isn’t a substitute for personalized legal...

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