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Advisory Opinions

In accordance with section 1128(D)(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7d(b)) and 42 CFR part 1008, OIG issues advisory opinions about the application of OIG's fraud and abuse authorities to the requesting party's existing or proposed business arrangement. As required by the statute, these advisory opinions are being made available to the public through this OIG Web site.

One purpose of the advisory opinion process is to provide meaningful advice on the application of the anti-kickback statute and other OIG sanction statutes in specific factual situations. Please note, however, that advisory opinions are binding and may legally be relied upon only by the requestor. Since each opinion will apply legal standards to a set of facts involving certain known persons who provide specific statements about key factual issues, no third parties are bound nor may they legally rely on these advisory opinions.

We have redacted specific information regarding the requestor and certain privileged, confidential, or financial information associated with the individual or entity, unless otherwise specified by the requestor.

Advisory Opinions for 2019

Advisory Opinion 19-03 (regarding a program offered by a medical center that provides free, in-home follow-up care to eligible individuals with congestive heart failure (the "Current Arrangement") and the proposed expansion of this program to include certain individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Advisory Opinion 19-02 (regarding a pharmaceutical manufacturer's proposal to loan, on a temporary basis, a limited- functionality smartphone to financially needy patients who do not have the technology necessary to receive adherence data from a sensor embedded in prescribed antipsychotic medication)
Advisory Opinion 19-01 (regarding a charitable pediatric clinic's arrangement under which the clinic waives cost-sharing amounts in certain circumstances)