tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2003 Issue 13

DME: FEDS MEAN BUSINESS ON TELEMARKETING RESTRICTIONS

Federal regulators are walking their talk when it comes to enforcing rules prohibiting durable medical equipment suppliers from making unsolicited telemarketing calls to Medicare beneficiaries. DME telemarketing is currently in the fraud enforcement spotlight - the HHS Office of Inspector General released a special fraud alert on the issue March 3, the first such issuance from the watchdog agency since 2000. And now the consequences of overlooking telemarketing rules are becoming clear: According to U.S. Attorney Roscoe Howard, five Washington, DC-area suppliers pleaded guilty to fraud and kickback-related charges March 20 and 21, and four of them could...

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