Physician Financial Relationships, Conflicts of Interest Are Expected to Top List of 2008 Enforcement Targets

While some familiar areas are among probable 2008 targets of enforcement agencies, expect the focus to broaden, say experts. So while areas such as hospital-physician relationships will continue to garner scrutiny from the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), whistle-blowers and health fraud investigators may also turn their attention to areas such as admission necessity, behavioral health and evaluation and management (E/M) coding.

Lawyers expect physician financial relationships to be at the top of the enforcement list.

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