The Medicare and Medicaid Patient Protection Act of 1987 (Anti-Kickback Statute)
Under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute it is unlawful to knowingly or willfully offer, pay, solicit or receive any remuneration, directly or indirectly, in cash or in kind, in exchange for a patient referral or referral of other business for which payment may be made by a federal health care program, including Medicare and Medicaid. Violations are considered felonies, and can result in jail time, criminal money penalties and exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid as well as civil penalties up to $50,000 for each violation.
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