On April 22, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 15-05 [PDF], approving a Medigap insurer’s proposed contract with a preferred hospital network. The...more
On May 28, 2014, CMS issued a proposed rule to establish a permanent prior authorization process for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) items that are “frequently subject to...more
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a pair of proposed regulations to update its exclusion and civil monetary penalty (CMP) authority. The proposed regulations...more
In an effort to address new concerns about the independence of charity patient assistance programs (PAPs), the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Supplemental Special Advisory Bulletin: Independent Charity Patient...more
CMS recently took the unusual step of issuing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) regarding changes to Medicare payment methodologies for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS)...more
On March 14, 2014, President Obama unveiled his Administration’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, the Administration is seeking $77.1 billion to fund HHS in FY...more
In spite of a slow start, the OIG has issued a number of interesting advisory opinions to date in 2013. Here are a few of the highlights. The OIG reiterated its long-standing concern about arrangements which “carve out”...more
Bill Mathias of Ober|Kaler's Health Law Group presented on compliance as a part of the 2013 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series sponsored by the American Health Lawyers Association.