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Monthly Archives: November 2007

Medicare Changes Diagnostic Testing Rules and IDTF Rules

Posted in Billing & Reimbursement, Medicare

The much awaited 2008 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule has finally been formally published in the Federal Register (click here to read it).  The proposed Fee Schedule published in June of 2007, included a number of proposed changes to the Stark regulations as well as certain regulatory changes to the diagnostic testing rules and IDTF conditions… Continue Reading

Oops! Medical Device Company Identifies Wrong Physician

Posted in Fraud and Abuse

Earlier this week, a number of major orthopedic medical device companies, as part of an anti-kickback settlement agreement, began posting on their websites the names of physicians to whom the companies have paid consulting fees.  Now, as a perfect example of why this "transparency" is a danger to all physicians, a Michigan newspaper is reporting that one of the companies, Smith and… Continue Reading

Physician Orthopedic Consulting Fees Made Public

Posted in Fraud and Abuse

Several weeks ago I posted an entry on this blog about a major federal anti-kickback settlement agreement entered into by the five largest orthopedic device companies: Zimmer Inc., Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Smith & Nephew Inc., Biomet Orthopedics, Inc., and Stryker Orthopedics, Inc.  At the heart of the government’s allegations in the case were consulting fees paid to… Continue Reading