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Laboratory Payments to Physicians OIG Special Fraud Alert
By FCA   
Friday, 01 August 2014

By Kim Driggers, Esq., FCA Assistant General Counsel

On June 25, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (the OIG), issued a Special Fraud Alert regarding two types of compensations arrangements paid by laboratories to referring physicians and physician group practices for blood specimen collection, processing, and packaging, and for submitting patient data to a registry or database.  The OIG cautions the potential misuse of the anti-kickback statute stating, “Arrangements providing free or below-market goods or services to actual or potential referral sources are suspect and may violate the anti-kickback statute, depending on the circumstances.”  As a result, Physicians should be leery of any arrangement in which a clinical laboratory is making payments to the physician.

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Chiropractors Exempt From Massage Establishment Regulation Effective July 1, 2014
By the FCA News   
Monday, 30 June 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, chiropractic physicians, allopathic physicians and osteopathic physicians employing licensed massage therapists to perform massage on their patients at their place of practice are exempt from massage establishment licensing and regulation. 

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Board of Chiropractic Medicine Makes Decision on Groupon
By The FCA   
Friday, 03 January 2014
The Board of Chiropractic Medicine declared today that the use of Groupon (advertising) is not a kickback under Florida Law.  The FCA, on behalf of its members, and Dr. Robert Watkins, individually, petititoned the Board for a statement declaring whether "Groupon type" advertising violates Florida's kickback  statute.  After hearing the arguments and deliberating with consideration, the Board voted unanimously to declare that the use of Groupon is not a kickback under Florida Law.  

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Prepaid Services Must Comply with Licensing Laws and Rules
By FCA Insurance & Legal Department   
Thursday, 28 February 2013
We have recently received several calls about the limitations on prepay plans offered to patients.  The 2012 legislature defined those limits providing relief for small balances held in a patient's account and introducing maximum  limits.
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Inactive or Retired License: Use Caution
By FCA Insurance & Legal Department   
Monday, 22 October 2012

If you are considering placing your chiropractic license in either retired or inactive status, please think it over very carefully.  You must keep up on your continuing education.  Many licenses have become delinquent because the doctor did not keep up on and/or keep track of CE’s. 

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  • Beware of Marketing Scams
  • Medical Records Q&A: What Can I Charge for Copies?
  • Medical Records Q&A: Ownership & Control
  • Advertising Rules/Regs
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