Antikickback Statute Not Violated by Proposed Electronic Interface, Says OIG

January 2, 2013 | Strategic Insights for Health System


A proposed free electronic interface between a hospital and local physician practices allowing the physicians to transmit lab and diagnostic test orders to and receive results from the hospital would not generate prohibited remuneration and therefore would not violate the federal antikickback statute, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) in a December 19, 2012, advisory opinion. Therefore, having determined that the proposed system would not create remuneration prohibited by the statute, OIG would not impose administrative sanctions on the hospital creating the electronic interface.

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