February 1998 AAOS Report

HCFA issues ruling on advisory opinions

A detailed fact sheet, developed by the Academy’s Washington, D.C. office, will be placed on the home page explaining HCFA’s final ruling on how physicians can request an advisory opinion about whether the referral of Medicare or Medicaid patients for certain health care services is prohibited under federal law. Orthopaedic surgeons with questions about the new ruling are encouraged to contact HCFA staff member Joanne Sinsheimer at (410) 786-4620 before submitting an application. The fact sheet will include information about cost considerations; how to apply for an advisory opinion; and requirements needed to qualify for an advisory opinion.

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