Nonprofit Hospital Can Offer Free In-Home Services Despite Anti-Kickback Rules

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A hospital can provide free home care to reduce readmissions, despite a federal ban on giving patients freebies that could influence their care decisions.

That’s according to a recent advisory opinion from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

OIG’s advisory opinion comes in response to a request for guidance from an unnamed nonprofit medical center, who offers free in-home care to patients with congestive heart failure through a program it hopes to expand to include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

 

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