From Fierce Health Care:
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.