The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General says it will seek to ensure health care providers retain regulatory flexibility during the COVID-19 crisis, announcing that it will “exercise its enforcement discretion not to impose administrative sanctions under the Federal anti-kickback statute” for many payments covered by the Blanket Waivers of the Stark self-referral law that CMS published last week. OIG’s statement applies to 11 of the waivers issued by CMS, including compensation for services personally performed by a physician, incidental benefits or loans provided to a physician.

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