UW Medicine Compliance
Patient Inducement – FAQs
The intent of the following FAQ is to help UW Medicine workforce members gain a better understanding of Patient Inducement.
Federal law generally prohibits offering or paying rewards, incentives, discounts, or other items of value to federal beneficiaries, such as Medicare or Medicaid patients, if the offer is likely to influence the beneficiary’s choice of services or items that are paid for by insurance. Offering gifts to patients is sometimes referred to as “patient inducement.” There are limited exceptions to this general rule described below. You should avoid offering gifts or discounts to patients except in limited circumstances approved by senior leadership.
If you have additional questions, contact UW Medicine Compliance: at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.543.3098 during business hours or 206.616.5248 to leave a confidential or anonymous message.
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