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Opinion 9.132 - Health Care Fraud and Abuse

The following guidelines encourage physicians to play a key role in identifying and preventing fraud:

(1) Physicians must renew their commitment to Principle II of the American Medical Association’s Principles of Medical Ethics which states that "a physician shall deal honestly with patients and colleagues, and strive to expose those physicians deficient in character, competence, or who engage in fraud or deception."

(2) Physicians should make no intentional misrepresentations to increase the level of payment they receive or to secure non-covered health benefits for their patients. (II)

Issued June 1998 based on the report "Health Care Fraud and Abuse," adopted December 1997 (J. Okla. St. Med. Assoc. 1998;91:408-09).