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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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Understanding Discount Plans and Factoring Companies
By the American Chiropractic Association   
Friday, 18 April 2014
(From the ACA "Week in Review" of 04/17/2014)  There seems to be an ever-increasing stream of advertisements sent to providers promising rapid or increased revenue. New forms of discount plans and factoring companies are contacting doctors of chiropractic. Some are well-known; however, new companies which may be unknown to you are hitting the marketplace. Their business plan is simple: offer prompt payment in exchange for the doctor accepting a discounted payment. 
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Support Ending April 8th for Windows XP
By the FCA Help Desk   
Monday, 03 March 2014
Windows XP will not be HIPAA compliant as of April 8th, when Microsoft ends it support of XP and will cease supplying security patches to keep your patient data secure from outside hackers.  
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"How to Build a Cash Practice" joins FCA webinar line-up
By The FCA   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Why build the cash side of my practice?  What are the elements of greater success in cash practice?  How do I transition and evaluate my progress?  How do I address insurance issues?   
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  • Resources on Informed Consent and Stroke
  • Board of Chiropractic Medicine Makes Decision on Groupon
  • Webinar on HIPAA changes now posted for free member access
  • PPACA Health Care Provider Definition
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