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Negative OIG Advisory Opinion Regarding Exclusive Arrangements Between Labs and Physician Practices

On March 25, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released Advisory Opinion 15-04 in which it concluded that an exclusive arrangement between a laboratory (“Requestor Lab”) and physician practices could generate prohibited remuneration under the anti-kickback statute. Furthermore, the OIG concluded that the proposed arrangement could violate the prohibition on charging Federal health care programs substantially in excess of usual charges, for which a provider may be excluded from participation in Federal health care programs.

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