Improved Health Care at Lower Cost Act of 2013
support the improved health care at lower cost act
Encourage your representative to support innovative arrangements to produce savings and better care.
The anti-kickback statute makes it illegal for providers (including physicians) to knowingly and willfully accept bribes or other forms of remuneration for generating business for Medicare, Medicaid, or other federal health care programs. This anti-fraud measure makes it difficult for physicians and hospitals to contract with each other to reduce costs and share savings. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports efforts to remove barriers to shared savings programs that aim to improve patient care. Anti-fraud statutes that prohibit physician self-referral should not prevent hospitals from offering monetary incentives to physicians in order to encourage improved efficiency, decreased costs, and quality care.