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US doctors face curbs on referrals

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7278.72 (Published 13 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:72
  1. Debbie Josefson
  1. New York

    Doctors may no longer refer Medicare patients to organisations in which they have a financial interest, according to new US Department of Health and Human Services regulations.

    The department issued a new regulation that will bar physicians from referring Medicare patients to healthcare organisations, such as hospitals, radiology centres, physical and occupational therapy groups, as well as pharmacies and medical equipment suppliers, in which …

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