June 10, 2015

On June 9, 2015, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Fraud Alert that cautions physicians about questionable medical directorship and office staff arrangements. In the Fraud Alert, the OIG warns that a physician can potentially be held liable under the Anti-Kickback Statute if he/she accepts payments for medical director services that he/she does not furnish. The OIG appears to have issued this Fraud Alert because it recently reached settlements with twelve individual physicians who entered into medical directorship arrangements with an MRI company, and accepted payments based upon the value and volume of their referrals (including also payment by the MRI company for some of the physicians’ office staff).