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Credentialing requirements raise kickback concerns

Device Regulation Alert: Safety, Compliance and Reimbursement News, December 29, 2008

Healthcare industry credentialing requirements place a financial and administrative burden on medical device companies. The requirements can also raise kickback concerns.

Hospitals often require companies to pay access or badge fees. Because the medical device manufacturer is paying a customer for access to the facility, the company could be accused of paying kickbacks. These fees are not standardized, so they can vary greatly from one hospital to another. This difference in the amount paid can also raise kickback red flags.

Many sales representatives call on more than one hospital, which creates an administrative nightmare and increases Anti-kickback Statute liability. Hospitals call the credentialing fees necessary and reasonable.

Our free white paper provides more information about credentialing, as well as tips for how to meet credentialing requirements.


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