This is a double sided question. How can you get in trouble for gifting and how can the doctors get in trouble for accepting gifts from you. Both need to be explored. I would consult an attorney in your state to ensure you are not violating and laws by doing this. I assure you that the cost of having an attorney look a this situation and properly advising could be far less if you are fined or penalized for improper activity.
If a Physician compensates you for referrals he is egregiously violating several laws as a physician is absolutely forbidden from sharing a fee with any non-physician. This is not really a Stark issue (which deals with self-referrals) but is a clear violation of the doctors ethical obligations as well as State and Federal laws that forbid the practice.
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You need to look for an atty familiar with the laws and regs concerning referral services for doctors, medical ethics, health care laws etc. I dont think PI attys are generally involved in the business end of medical referrals. Perhaps avvo has business law or health care law atty headings to search.
This is not a personal injury question. Best of luck with your marketing efforts.
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Please review CA Insurance Code 1871.7. I believe the statute covers what you are discussing, and it is a bad idea.
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Not a good idea unless you want to end up in the big house.
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