A $20M lawsuit filed in Florida against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation raises questions about whether healthcare employers can bonus their employees for generating business (marketing) under the anti-kickback statute. Several whistleblower employees claim that the company inappropriately incentivized/bonused employees for patient referrals. Employees were allegedly paid $100 for referring patients who tested positive to the company’s clinics and pharmacies. The company asserts that not only has it done nothing wrong, but that its pro-active approach is critical to stopping HIV in this country. The government has not intervened in the suit. See the Associated Press article available HERE for more details.
Written by: Emily Grey