DOJ focuses on discreet kickback schemes

Officals at the Department of Justice say they are focusing on unusual kickback schemes, including instances in which companies loan equipment free of charge or pay healthcare providers to use a certain product, according to Arent Fox's blog Health Care Counsel.

Federal prosecutors spoke at the American Conference Institute's 16th Annual Forum on Fraud and Abuse in the Sales and Marketing of Medical Devices and outlined their focus on nontraditional schemes, as well as the agency's emphasis on corporate cooperation following the Yates memo. Prosecutors said corporations would only receive credit for cooperating fully with a federal investigation, and that companies should reveal relevant information early on in an investigation. Blog post