Riley, Cilek Assess Impact of Safe Harbor Changes on Healthcare Sector

March 29, 2017

In a March 1 article, Healthcare Risk Management turned to Chicago partner James Riley and associate Jake Cilek to explain how healthcare providers are affected by recent changes to safe harbors in the federal anti-kickback statute and beneficiary inducement provisions of the civil monetary penalties law.

The changes took effect in January, and Riley and Cilek, members of the firm’s healthcare practice, produced an in-depth analysis of the revisions in a Jan. 11 client alert. As Healthcare Risk Management reported, the changes clarify that hospitals and other providers can provide patients with free and discounted transportation for the purpose of improving access to care, without violating remuneration provisions.

“The revisions are aimed at hospitals and other providers who were concerned about their efforts to help patients who had difficulty accessing medical care because of their transportation needs or because of their financial limitations,” Riley said in the article. “These changes are being received very well in the provider community.”