ASA Urges OIG to Issue Special Fraud Alert About "Company Model"

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The American Society of Anesthesiologists announced it has formally urged the HHS-Office of Inspector General to issue a special fraud alert regarding the "company model" and to modify existing safe harbors to prevent referring physicians from profiting from their referrals for anesthesia services.

Under the company model, referring physicians — who typically also own the facility where surgical procedures are performed — form a separate anesthesia company in order to share in anesthesia revenue.

The ASA has expressed serious concerns about the impact of the company model, and variations of that arrangement, on anesthesiologists and the patients they serve.

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