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Opinion greenlights post-discharge services

October 18, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - An advisory opinion from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides a framework for how HME providers can offer services to reduce hospital readmissions without violating the anti-kickback statute.The biggest takeaway: Providers cannot supply these services to hospitals for free.“The hospital has to pay,” said Elizabeth Hogue, a private practice attorney in Burtonville, Md. “That was crucial to the OIG's approval.”Advisory Opinion No. 13-10 was requested by...

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