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Unfavorable OIG Advisory Opinion Issued for a Proposed Venture with Surgeon Owners but Managed by Others

Tom Greeson, writing for ReedSmith:

Although it is possible to enter into business ventures with referral sources, care needs to be taken to ensure that the arrangement does not run afoul of the Medicare fraud and abuse laws. This month, the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) refused to give its blessing to such a venture. In Advisory Opinion 23-05, the OIG reviewed the structure of a venture between surgeons who would become investors and an entity that would supply these same surgeons with intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) services.