Federal Anti-Kick Back Statute

  • Subject Matter: False claims; criminal penalties for illegal acts
  • Jurisdiction: Federal
  • Citations: 42 U.S. Code § 1320a-7b et seq.
  • Summary: Federal law, also known as the AKS, which makes it a criminal offense knowingly and willfully to offer, pay, solicit, or receive any remuneration to induce or reward referrals of items or services reimbursable by the federal government, including by federal healthcare programs like Medicare or Medicaid, or even private insurance. This statute also criminalizes certain intentional false claims.

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