Back in January, I wrote an article on the blog about Groupon. Among the many issues I discussed was the rather thorny issue of fee-splitting. There are state and federal laws against fee-splitting in healthcare.
I just became aware of an ADA (American Dental Association) missive about this very issue with Groupon. It was published in November of last year. http://www.ada.org/news/6576.aspx Read it for yourself!
Excerpts from the article include these ominous passages:
- A dentist who violates state regulations could face censure and reprimand, fines, suspension or license revocation. Dentists who violate federal law could be charged with a felony and subject to fines, imprisonment and exclusion from federal health care programs.
- Offering such discounts may also violate certain ADA ethical rules, including the one prohibiting dentists from giving rebates and splitting fees, according to the ADA legal division. The ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs is currently considering this issue.
- Dentists are therefore strongly advised to consult a local attorney familiar with such issues prior to offering and awarding social coupons to new patients.
Tread carefully, Dental Warriors. Is it worth the risk? When the state or federal government gets a bug up their asses, they can make your life MISERABLE… even retroactively for PAST “transgressions.”