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Lisa A. Lyons quoted in article “Beware: Gifts from patients can create compliance headaches”

Medical Practice Compliance Alert

Following is an excerpt:

But some gifts cross the line and are inappropriate, says attorney Lisa Lyons with Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee. These include:

  • Gifts meant to gain extra services from the physician or to influence the physician to give the patient preferential treatment, such as to be accepted or recommended for an experimental clinical trial.
  • Gifts that could create financial hardship on a patient or family.
  • Gifts that are extravagant.

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"lt's a thorny issue because there are no clear cut laws. A lot of it is discretion," said Lyons.