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Helping Your Patients Get There: What You Need to Know About Offering Patient Transportation

September 01, 2015
As written in the September/October 2015 MD News Magazine
By, Laura F. Fryan, Attorney, Health Care Practice Group

For many patients, transportation to and from appointments is a barrier to receiving medical care. In October 2014, the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) proposed a new safe harbor to the Anti-Kickback Statute to protect free or discounted local transportation for patients to obtain medically necessary items and services. An "Eligible Entity," including physicians, clinics, hospitals, and health systems, may offer transportation services to established patients at the entity's cost. The proposed safe harbor would codify transportation arrangements that have previously been approved by the OIG in advisory opinions.

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