Healthcare providers besides physicians can also violate the Anti-Kickback Statute. And, do not think that only physicians can make illegal refurrals. Paying anyone something of value for patient referrals—even a marketing company—can be illegal.
At the time of their pleas, they admitted that from 2014 through 2016, both obtained patient referrals by paying marketers and patients. Nwankwo further admitted to bribing a physician to authorize medically unnecessary home health services for Hefty patients.