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Recent Federal Opinion Favors Community Paramedic Programs

Wednesday, March 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Recent Federal Opinion Favors Community Paramedic Programs

 

On March 1, 2019, the Office of Inspector General issued a favorable advisory opinion (AO 19-03) concerning post-discharge patient care services provided to patients by a medical center, including through a community paramedic (CP) program that was operated to help reduce patient readmissions. In this opinion, the OIG recognizes the downstream cost savings and patient care benefits of CP programs that on their face could potentially implicate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and the Civil Monetary Penalties Law (CMP).

 

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