Durable Medical Equipment

January 13, 2012Articles Bloomberg Law Reports

Physician referrals are the lifeblood of suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS). In recent years, common relationships between DMEPOS suppliers and physicians have come under regulatory attack, and ethical suppliers often face pressures to match arrangements offered by more aggressive competitors. Inconsistent guidance from enforcement agencies has led to conflicting rumors and advice within the industry. “But everyone else is doing it” is not a valid defense. There are still a variety of ways suppliers can work with referring physicians that reduce both parties’ exposure to liability.