The US Office of Inspector General (OIG) released another in a series of Special Fraud Alerts on July 20, 2022, this one directed to potentially fraudulent telehealth, telemedicine, and telemarketing service fraud schemes, collectively referred to as “Telemedicine Companies”. The alert is based upon OIG’s perception that these Telemedicine Companies are engaged in schemes to pay kickbacks to practitioners to generate fraudulent orders for medical services, specifically:
The Alert states that “telemedicine companies have used kickbacks to aggressively recruit and reward practitioners to prescribe items or services for”:
The Alert goes on to identify common characteristics of fraudulent telemedicine company schemes, i.e.
The Alert also footnotes a list of prior alerts, prior investigations, and prior prosecutions.
July 21, 2022
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