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Federal appeals court expands definition of ‘referral’ under Anti-Kickback Statute

Added 03.11.15

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has expanded the definition of “referral” under the Anti-Kickback Statute, causing some provider arrangements that were once safe to now implicate the Anti-Kickback Statute, according to a National Law Review report.

In the case of U.S. v. Patel, the court held a violation of the statute can occur when a healthcare provider authorizes a patient for specialist treatment even without referring a patient to a specific specialist, according to the report.

Read the rest of this article from Becker’s Hospital Review at:
http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/legal-regulatory-issues/federal-appeals-court-expands-definition-of-referral-under-anti-kickback-statute.html