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Would You Operate On This Patient? - October 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 2 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 Are You Paying Your Medical Director Fairly? The feds are clamping down on physician compensation arrangements. T he federal government is clamping down on physician com- pensation arrangements such as medical directorships, pay- ing particular attention to whether surgical facilities are compensating physicians for their past or future referrals of federal healthcare program business. Basing pay on the number of referrals may violate the Anti-Kickback Statute. In a rare fraud alert, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General urged surgical centers and other health- care providers to scrutinize their medical director arrangements for compliance with fraud and abuse laws and to report non-compliant arrangements to federal authorities (osmag.net/sQQQn8). "Physicians who enter into compensation arrangements such as medical director- ships must ensure that those arrangements reflect fair market value L E G A L U P D A T E John D. Fanburg, JD, and Lani M. Dornfeld, JD z OUT OF BOUNDS The federal govern- ment is cracking down on medical director arrangements that reward referrals.

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