HHS’ OIG ponders new legal protections for value-based care models

From Modern Healthcare:

HHS wants to encourage providers to enter value-based care agreements with each other, and it’s researching whether it can offer new legal protections for those arrangements.

HHS’ Office of Inspector General will accept comments from stakeholders on how it can modify or add new safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute to prevent providers in value-based pay models from facing civil money penalties, according to a notice issued Monday.

“OIG has identified the broad reach of the anti-kickback statute and beneficiary inducements (civil monetary penalties) as a potential impediment to beneficial arrangements that would advance coordinated care,” the agency said in the notice.

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