The Anti-Kickback Statute

Posted on: March 5, 2020
The Anti-Kickback Statute / Health Care Laws / Civil Trial Attorneys / Orlando Oviedo Winter Springs Altamonte Maitland Lawyers / Beers and Gordon P.A.You know how real estate agents, and contractors, and small business owners hand you their card after doing a job, encouraging you to refer potential clients, maybe even promising that if you refer five people, they’ll give you some perks on the other side? Those in the health care profession are barred from doing any such thing. It’s called the Anti-Kickback Statute, disallowing the willful payment of rewards for services meant to generate business. But in a recent lawsuit, initiated by the US Attorney’s office toward a Massachusetts spinal device company known as SpineFrontier, the allegation is that kickbacks were all the rage.

SpineFrontier, the lawsuit suggests, was operating through a Florida post office box for payment to physicians, with kickbacks that exceeded $100 million of income.

Said one of the attorney generals at the head of the case:

Kickbacks undermine the integrity of federal health care programs and can result in unnecessary or harmful medical care. The Department of Justice will pursue unlawful kickback arrangements in whatever form they occur to ensure the integrity of the medical care received by federal program beneficiaries.

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