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Buyers beware. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is warning employers to be cautious when entering arrangements with telehealth, telemedicine or telemarketing services (known as Telemedicine Companies).

The OIG says some Telemedicine Companies intentionally paid physicians and non-physician practitioners kickbacks to generate orders or prescriptions for medically unnecessary durable medical equipment, genetic testing, wound care items, or prescription medications, resulting in submissions of fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federal health care programs.

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