HHS eyes changes to Anti-Kickback Statute: 4 things to know

HHS' Office of Inspector General published a request for information Aug. 24, seeking input from the public on how the agency can foster care coordination by modifying or adding safe harbors to the Anti-Kickback Statute.

Here are four things to know:

1. According to the request for information, the OIG seeks input on how to address any regulatory provisions that may act as barriers to coordinated care or value-based care.

2. The OIG is requesting comments across four general categories: promoting care coordination and value-based care; beneficiary engagement, including beneficiary incentives and cost-sharing waivers; other regulatory topics, including feedback on current fraud and abuse waivers; and the intersection of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.

3. The request for information is aimed at "finding ways to allow healthcare providers to collaborate and share risk and benefit if they can produce better health outcomes without facing kickback risk," Thomas Bulleit, a healthcare attorney at Ropes & Gray, told Bloomberg Law.

4. Comments on the request for information are due Oct. 26.

Read the full request for information here.

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