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CMS office’s warning about third-party payments seemingly contradicts recent HHS message
Modern Healthcare

An office of the CMS is warning hospitals that it will frown upon healthcare providers that help patients buy coverage through a health insurance exchange. But that warning comes just days after the Obama administration seemed to say such a practice would be legal under the anti-kickback law. The CMS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight published a one-paragraph statement Nov. 4 that encouraged health plans not to accept payments from hospitals seeking to buy coverage on an insurance exchange for their patients.