No Sanctions Deserved For Hospital's Bonus Payments: HHS

Law360, New York (January 7, 2013, 3:16 PM EST) -- A hospital shouldn't receive financial penalties under anti-kickback laws for providing bonuses to a physicians’ group in exchange for implementing quality-improvement and cost-saving measures, partly because the payments aren’t linked to Medicare patient referrals, an advisory opinion issued Monday said.

According to the opinion by the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, the unidentified hospital, which operates four cardiac catheterization laboratories on its campus, avoided misconduct by ensuring compensation paid to the group doesn’t vary based on the number of...
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