Inspector General's Kickback Alert Signals Doc Crackdown

By Jeff Overley (June 9, 2015, 10:37 PM EDT) -- An inspector general's fraud alert on Tuesday warned referring physicians of fines and prison time that can result from accepting kickbacks disguised as medical directorships, the latest sign of rising interest in punishing individual doctors instead of just corporations for ripping off Medicare and Medicaid, experts say.

The alert from the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focused on directorship roles in which physicians perform various oversight functions at hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis clinics and other institutional providers. Ominously, the OIG mentioned recent cases in which it levied penalties ranging from $50,000 to almost...

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