An obstacle to hospitals covering the insurance costs of their disadvantaged patients was cleared this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated in a letter to Rep.  Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) that the federal anti-kickback statute barring assistance to patients covered by federal health programs does not apply to those with coverage from private plans sold under the new federal marketplaces, also known as exchanges.

BY RICH DALY, SENIOR WRITER/EDITOR, HFM Read More here: http://www.hfma.org/Content.aspx?id=20220