2008 Advisory Opinion List

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Advisory Opinion 08-24 (PDF)
(concerning investments in a rural medical practice group by 23 physicians and podiatrists)
Advisory Opinion 08-23
(concerning a proposal for a county, which provides emergency medical services (EMS) transportation through its fire department, to treat revenue received from taxes as payment of otherwise applicable cost-sharing amounts owed by bona fide county residents for EMS transportation to hospitals)
Advisory Opinion 08-22 (PDF)
(concerning certain part-time physician employment arrangements)
Advisory Opinion 08-21 (PDF)
(concerning a multiple-year arrangement in which a hospital has agreed to share, with cardiology groups and a radiology group, a percentage of the hospital’s cost savings arising from the physicians’ implementation of cost reduction measures in certain cardiac catheterization procedures)
Advisory Opinion 08-20 (PDF)
(concerning a proposal whereby two suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies will (i) place inventory in consignment closets on-site at certain hospitals and (ii) have licensed personnel on-call or on-site at the hospitals to train and educate patients who have been prescribed respiratory equipment and have selected one of the companies as their supplier upon discharge to their homes)
Advisory Opinion 08-19 (PDF)
(concerning an Internet advertiser’s proposal to extend its "pay per call" or "pay per lead" advertising business to the chiropractic industry)
Advisory Opinion 08-18 (PDF)
(concerning a proposal whereby a medical center providing emergency medical services transportation in a county would not bill bona fide county residents for applicable cost-sharing amounts, but would instead be paid such amounts by the county from a fund consisting of tax revenue derived from a special millage)
Advisory Opinion 08-17 (concerning a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organization’s proposed arrangement to provide financial assistance to cover cost-sharing obligations associated with outpatient drug treatment owed by financially needy Medicare or Medicaid patients with a certain disease)
Advisory Opinion 08-16 (PDF)
(concerning a proposed arrangement by which a hospital would share with a physician-owned entity certain performance-based compensation available to the hospital under a quality and efficiency agreement with a private insurer)
Advisory Opinion 08-15 (PDF)
(concerning an existing multiple-year arrangement in which a hospital shares with groups of cardiologists a percentage of the hospital’s cost savings arising from the cardiologists' implementation of a number of cost reduction measures in certain procedures)
Advisory Opinion 08-14 (PDF)
(concerning a substance abuse treatment center’s use of motivational incentives to reward a patient’s achievement of certain treatment-related goals)
Advisory Opinion 08-13 (PDF)
(concerning the use of a “preferred hospital” network as part of a Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance (“Medigap”) policy)
Advisory Opinion 08-12 (PDF)
(concerning a proposed arrangement under which a newly formed legal entity would provide purely administrative insurance preauthorization processing and submission services for various radiology and imaging centers)
Advisory Opinion 08-11 (PDF)
(concerning the waiving of cost-sharing obligations for protocol-required clinical services and oxygen therapy provided to Medicare beneficiaries who participate in the Long-term Oxygen Treatment Trial sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
Notice of Modification of OIG Advisory Opinion No. 04-15 (PDF)
(concerning Advisory Opinion No. 04-15 (PDF), which was issued on 11/05/04, regarding proposed modifications to the nonprofit, charitable organization’s existing program to provide grants to financially-needy patients suffering from specific chronic or life-threatening diseases to defray the costs of prescription drug therapies)
Advisory Opinion 08-10 (PDF)
(concerning a proposal for a physician practice group to provide space, equipment and personnel to other physician practice groups through block leases)
Advisory Opinion 08-09 (PDF)
(concerning an arrangement under which a medical center has agreed to share with groups of orthopedic surgeons and a group of neurosurgeons a percentage of the medical center’s cost savings arising from the surgeons’ implementation of a number of cost reduction measures in spine fusion surgical procedures)
Advisory Opinion 08-08 (PDF)
(concerning an investment in an ambulatory surgery center by a group of surgeons and a health care corporation that owns hospitals)
Advisory Opinion 08-07 (PDF)
(concerning a proposal for a health care system to provide $10 gift cards to patients whose service expectations were not met)
Advisory Opinion 08-06 (PDF)
(concerning a laboratory's proposal to provide services consisting of the labeling of test tubes and specimen collection containers at no cost to dialysis facilities)
Advisory Opinion 08-05 (PDF)
(concerning a pharmaceutical company's proposal to place in certain physicians' offices electronic kiosks that offer patients free disease state screening questionnaires)
Advisory Opinion 08-04 (PDF)
(concerning a proposal to offer a free trial prescription program to hemophilia A patients who are Federal health care program beneficiaries)
Advisory Opinion 08-03 (PDF)
(concerning a proposed arrangement by which a health care system would provide prompt pay discounts to Federal health care program beneficiaries and other insured patients in connection with both inpatient and outpatient care)
Advisory Opinion 08-02 (PDF)
(concerning a marketing and research company’s proposal to encourage physicians and other health care professionals to complete online surveys by offering them the opportunity to designate a public charity to which the company or one of its clients would make a monetary charitable contribution)
Advisory Opinion 08-01 (PDF)
(concerning a non-profit corporation’s program that arranges for pharmaceutical manufacturer patient assistance programs to provide donated drugs to free clinics and Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) for use by financially-needy patients who do not have any form of outpatient prescription drug insurance coverage)

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