Corporate Compliance

Pay-per-view: Audit ambulance rates to prevent inappropriate discounts

Compliance Monitor, June 6, 2007

Swapping is one of the newest enforcement risks facing hospitals and other healthcare facilities today. It may not sound like a big deal, but a 1999 OIG advisory opinion found otherwise. Swapping occurs when a hospital or nursing home takes a discounted rate from an ambulance company for transports (e.g., Part A patient transports) in exchange for referring other nonfacility-responsible transports (e.g., Part B patient transports) to the ambulance company.

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