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HHS issues "provider conscience" regulations

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would form a new division within the HHS Office of Civil Rights to focus on provider conscience and religious freedom exemptions. Following this announcement, HHS released a proposed rule that would expand existing protections for physicians and other providers who object to performing certain health care procedures. The proposed rule covers a wide array of existing federal laws that provide conscience protections, including those related to abortion, sterilization, assisted suicide and the performance of advance directives.  The California ...

OIG issues fraud alert regarding physician compensation arrangements

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) in the Department of Health and Human Services released a Fraud Alert in early June to caution physicians who may be engaged in fraudulent compensation arrangements. The anti-kickback statute prohibits arrangements that result in "improper remuneration" for physicians, such as accepting payment in exchange for referrals. The OIG Alert follows a recent settlement between the OIG and 12 physicians involved in "questionable" medical directorships and office staff arrangements with a chain of diagnostic centers in Texas. Physician compensation allegedly took into account the volume ...