Free Groceries For Screenings Aren't Kickbacks, HHS Says

Law360, New York (January 3, 2013, 4:00 PM EST) -- A community health center’s plan to offer supermarket gift cards to patients who undergo preventive screenings doesn’t warrant financial penalties under an anti-kickback law because it’s narrowly tailored to minimize the risk of defrauding Medicaid, according to an advisory opinion released Thursday.

The unidentified center’s proposal to hand out $20 gift certificates implicates the anti-kickback statute but is permissible because it only benefits eligible enrollees and wouldn’t result in higher payments by Medicaid or the managed care plans that administer the program, the U.S. Department of...
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