$375,000 in False Claims Allegations for Acupuncture
Integrative health, the new frontier! Healthcare is rapidly changing from an explosion in telehealth to a rapid expansion of integrative health. And as compliance professionals, it’s our jobs to stay ahead of the curve so we can anticipate and prevent risks.
What qualifies as integrative health? The Mayo Clinic describes integrative health as “services for your physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health and well-being. Integrative medicine is an approach to healthcare that includes practices not traditionally part of conventional medicine, such as herbs, acupuncture, massage, yoga, and meditation.”
While these treatments help many patients, like any recently accepted treatment type, the increase in the volume of these services can sometimes be accompanied by compliance risk. Of course, it is not necessarily the nature of the treatment that is a compliance risk, but rather the inappropriate billing or performing medically unnecessary services that brings the compliance risk. For example, improper billing of acupuncture services resulted in a Mississippi family physician settling false claims act allegations for approximately $375,000.
Download this free eBrief, "Integrative Health Compliance Risks Like This $375,000 False Claims Allegation," to learn how to protect your organization from:
- Incorrect Billing and Coding
- False Claim Allegations
- Providing Medically Unnecessary Treatment