Tuesday, March 29, 2011

OIG gives green light to hospital patient transports to physician offices

Hospitals may be allowed to provide patient transport services to and from nearby physician offices, according to a new HHS' Office of the Inspector General advisory opinion. The opinion acknowledges that the transport services could potentially violate the Anti-Kickback Statue, but OIG officials stated they would not pursue sanctions as a result.
However, there are a few caveats to the policy. The OIG requires that the hospital make the service available to all patients, not just Medicare or Medicaid patients. Also, the hospital must use a "hospital-owned, wheelchair-accessible van containing basic safety equipment," driven by a trained, licensed EMT. The hospital must not use high-dollar transport options like limousines, and only offer the service in a limited local area.

Click here for the advisory opinion.

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