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Kirk Nahra Discusses OIG’s Recent Fraud Alert
Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA’s coverage of a fraud alert released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG), about physician compensation arrangements that may run a high risk of violating the anti-kickback statute. The alert said that while many physician compensation arrangements are legitimate, “a compensation arrangement may violate the anti-kickback statute if even one purpose of the arrangement is to compensate a physician for his or her past or future referrals of Federal health care program business.”
Mr. Nahra told BNA’s Health Care Fraud Report that the alert is a warning to the health care industry about an area where the OIG is seeing issues, and he said it should be a red flag for compliance officers. The alert is “something that providers should pay close attention to and, at a minimum, evaluate what is going on in this area within a provider’s operations and be comfortable and confident in supporting any ongoing programs like this,” Mr. Nahra added.
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