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The Office Of Inspector General Issues Special Fraud Alert for Practitioners Entering Into Arrangements with Telemedicine Companies

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has conducted dozens of investigations of fraud schemes involving companies that purported to provide telehealth, telemedicine, or telemarketing services (collectively, Telemedicine Companies) and exploited the growing acceptance and use of telehealth....

One common element of these schemes is the way Telemedicine Companies have used kickbacks to aggressively recruit and reward Practitioners to further the fraud schemes... In many of these arrangements, Telemedicine Companies pay Practitioners in exchange for ordering or prescribing items or services: (1) for purported patients with whom the Practitioners have limited, if any, interaction; and (2) without regard to medical necessity. Such payments are sometimes described as payment per review, audit, consult, or assessment of medical charts. 


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