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2004 Florida Statutes

Section 456.054, Florida Statutes 2004

456.054  Kickbacks prohibited.--

(1)  As used in this section, the term "kickback" means a remuneration or payment back pursuant to an investment interest, compensation arrangement, or otherwise, by a provider of health care services or items, of a portion of the charges for services rendered to a referring health care provider as an incentive or inducement to refer patients for future services or items, when the payment is not tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary expense.

(2)  It is unlawful for any health care provider or any provider of health care services to offer, pay, solicit, or receive a kickback, directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, in cash or in kind, for referring or soliciting patients.

(3)  Violations of this section shall be considered patient brokering and shall be punishable as provided in s. 817.505

History.--s. 8, ch. 92-178; s. 2, ch. 96-152; s. 79, ch. 97-261; s. 8, ch. 99-204; s. 78, ch. 2000-160.

Note.--Former s. 455.237; s. 455.657.