Alcohol, Repeat Attendees Could Raise Red Flags On Speaker Programs, OIG Attorney Says
Benjamin Wallfisch, a senior attorney at the Office of the Inspector General in the US Department of Health and Human Services, recently discussed how companies can avoid apparent violations of anti-kickback law while hosting educational programs.
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The US health department's Office of Inspector General issued a special fraud alert under the Anti-Kickback Statute on health care speaker programs, to cut down on lucrative speaker deals and free meals to induce device purchases.
Pharma Companies Urged To Stop In-Person Speaker Programs In HHS OIG ‘Special Fraud Alert’
Companies should consider alternatives to in-person physician presentations given the risk of kickback violations, OIG says. Concerns addressed in Novartis corporate integrity agreement are broader than that case, Chief Counsel to the Inspector General Greg Demske explains in an interview.
Novartis To Make Its Medical Education Programs Virtual Under DOJ Settlement
Two settlements totaling $729m resolve kickback claims related to speaker programs and copay charities; Novartis will limit payments to healthcare professionals for providing medical education under a new corporate integrity agreement.