AdvaMed said today it submitted a proposal to the US Dept. of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General seeking 2 new safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute specific to value-based health care arrangements.
The medical device industry lobbying group said the proposals would help facilitate the health care systems’ shift away from traditional volume-based models and towards value-based payment and delivery.
In the proposals, AdvaMed recommends that the OIG establish 2 new safe harbors for value-based arrangements, the 1st protecting value-based pricing arrangements while the 2nd would protect value-based warranties. The group said that in each case, the arrangement would need to meet certain requirements to qualify for protection.
Each proposed safe harbor include concepts from existing discount and warranty safe harbors, the company said, including transparency and disclosure concepts.
As a possible alternative, AdvaMed said it proposed that the OIG modify existing discount and warranty safe harbors to provide more flexibility and clarity over value-based arrangements that seek to promote optimal patient outcomes and cost efficiency, according to a press release from the lobbying group.