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Are the holiday baskets really worth the risk?

Are the holiday baskets really worth the risk?
July 27, 2016

From international law firm Arnold & Porter LLP comes a timely column that provides views on current regulatory and legislative topics that weigh on the minds of today’s physicians and health care executives.

The recent report of a settlement between a large physician practice and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of HHS reminds us once again that providing perks, even seemingly insignificant perks, to referral sources can be problematic and costly to physicians and physician practices. According to the posting on the OIG website, the practice self-disclosed certain payments made to referral sources and agreed to pay $50,000 for allegedly violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law provisions applicable to physician self-referrals and kickbacks. OIG alleged that the practice provided improper remuneration in the form of holiday gifts, consisting primarily of candy and other small food items, to physicians and physician practices who were referral sources. While the government apparently did not take action under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute or the Stark Law in this case, gifts to referral sources also may trigger liability under these provisions and can give rise to issues under the False Claims Act, all of which carry the possibility of very significant penalties, including criminal penalties, against the entity providing the gifts as well as the recipient of the gifts.

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Biomarker may be used to predict neurological impairment in patients with CSM

July 27, 2016
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Every surgical stage is critical in treatment of periprosthetic hip infection

Orthopaedics Today Europe, July 2016
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VIDEO: Combined front/back procedure usually not needed in CSM

July 27, 2016
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Meeting News Coverage

Improvements seen in patients with pain, low physical function after foot and ankle surgery

July 27, 2016
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Metal in Total Hip Arthroplasty: Wear Particles, Biology, and Diagnosis

Orthopedics
Online Advanced Release, July 27, 2016
Total hip arthroplasty (THA) has been performed for nearly 50 years. Between 2006 and 2012, more than 600,000…
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Posterior Tibialis Tendon Dysfunction: Overview of Evaluation and Management. June 2015

The posterior tibialis is a muscle in the deep posterior compartment of the calf that plays several key roles in the…
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American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Annual Meeting 2016

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Annual Meeting 2016

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VIDEO: Lattermann speaks to early anti-inflammatory treatment in patients with ACL tears

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