In a Policy Statement released on April 3, 2020, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and not impose administrative sanctions under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) for certain financial arrangements related to COVID-19 covered by the blanket waivers issued by the Secretary of HHS on March 30, 2020 (the Blanket Waivers). The Blanket Waivers apply to sanctions for potential violations of the federal Physician Self-Referral Law (also known as the Stark Law) with respect to specific “COVID-19 Purposes,” which Husch Blackwell summarized in a recent blog. The OIG’s Policy became effective upon release (while the Blanket Waivers are retroactively effective March 1, 2020), and will terminate upon termination of the Blanket Waivers, unless otherwise specified by the OIG.

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