I'm interested in finding out if other physician practice organizations have heard of this sweepstakes, or have had your physicians chosen at random as winners. Here's a synopsis of what we recently received from a health insurance company, which provides coverage to Medicare members:
ABC insurance company has a Close the Gap sweepstakes during the 4th quarter of each year and providers' names are entered into a lottery each time they submit data that closes a care gap (one of the HEDIS Star measurement gaps) for a patient. Your organization has two providers--Dr. X and Dr. Y who have each won a $250 Amazon gift card. Information on the sweepstakes was provided and an affidavit for each provider to sign to accept the prize.
I should also note: the sweepstakes rules have a "no purchase necessary" option which allows an eligible physician (one who is treating ABC Insurance company Medicare attributed membership) to enter by sending an email during the entry period to sweepstakes@.....com.
Has anyone else been selected as a winner? If so, I'm interested to learn how you are handling this if you're willing to share? This doesn't really seem to fit under a gifts and gratuities concern, as it is a random "prize", not the same as a gift.
If others have insight on this scenario, even if you haven't been chosen as a lucky winner, I'm curious to hear your thoughts too!
Have you confirmed the veracity of the e-mail with the Health Insurance company? this could be a good ruse for RansomWare/hackers.
Good point David, thank you! We do always have to be cautious of ransomware disguised in emails. In this situation, the email was from a local representative of the company whom we regularly work with on submitting data, and the attachments appear to be legit from what I can tell.