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OIG Advisory Opinion Allows Medical Center to Share Cost Savings with Neurosurgeons for Curbing Spinal Fusion Surgery Costs

On January 5, 2018, the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a favorable Advisory Opinion, permitting an arrangement involving payment by a Medical Center to a multi-specialty physician Group for cost-reduction measures achieved through the efforts of certain Neurosurgeons, relating to the selection and use of products during spinal fusion surgeries (Program).  Payment under the Program was calculated as a percentage of cost savings realized by the Medical Center over a three-year period.  Though not yet paid at the time of the OIG advisory opinion, …

OIG Advisory Opinion Allows Pilot Collaborative Program Proposed by Pharmaceutical Manufacturer for Medication Therapy Management Interventions

On December 11, 2017, the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a favorable Advisory Opinion, permitting a proposed pilot Program involving a collaboration between a pharmaceutical manufacturer (the Requestor), a trade association (Association), a Medicare Advantage Part D plan (MA Plan), a Hospital System, and a Vendor.  As proposed, the program would provide new technology to allow real-time access to patient discharge information for use by MA Plan pharmacists who conduct medication therapy management (MTM) services. …

OIG Increases Nominal Value for Gifts to Beneficiaries

In a Policy Statement by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Health & Human Services released December 7, 2016, the OIG updated its long-standing interpretation of the term “nominal value” with regard to gifts to federal health care program beneficiaries that do not comprise “remuneration” under section 1128A(a)(5) of the Social Security Act. The OIG now interprets nominal value as having a retail value of no more than $15 per item and $75 in the aggregate per patient annually, as long as the items are not cash or cash equivalents. …

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