Guest Post: Fraud and Abuse Tied to MD Face-to-Face Encounters

The following is a guest blog post on fraud and abuse issues by Robert W. Markette, Jr., CHC, Of Counsel for
Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP. Mr. Markette’s primary areas of practice are health law and litigation and his wide range of health care clients includes home health, hospice and private duty providers.

Mr. Markette is also responsible for assisting the Home Care Alliance with its “Keeping it Legal in Home Care” resources on patient choice.

To view the entire article, click the link after the introduction:

As home health and hospice care continue to become more and more competitive and reimbursement continues to decline, referral sources are discovering new ways to leverage this for their own benefit. Two new examples include physicians requesting “administrative fees” to complete face to face paperwork and referral sources seeking “donations” from providers to defray the cost of capital equipment and other improvements. Providers need to understand the risks in these arrangements in order to avoid entering into arrangements that place them in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and/or the Stark Law.

The entire article from Mr. Markette is available here.


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One thought on “Guest Post: Fraud and Abuse Tied to MD Face-to-Face Encounters”

  1. It’s scary to think of what people will do to get ahead in this industry. There is all sorts of opportunity to take advantage of people. We’ve created a software to help combat potential scamming. It has a CRM component and allows for transparency between families and home care providers. It’s called It really helps to combat these sorts of problems.

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