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Recent OIG Audits of Home Health and Hospice Surveys May Signal Increased Scrutiny on Worker Qualifications

Recent audits by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) conclude that state survey agencies in a number of states and a leading national accrediting agency serving the home health and...more

Part D Woes, According to the OIG

On June 23, 2015, the OIG issued two reports focusing on fraud, waste, and abuse in the Part D program, the first “Ensuring the Integrity of Medicare Part D” and the second “Questionable Billing Practices and Geographic...more

Increased OIG Scrutiny on Medical Directorships

On June 9, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a Fraud Alert entitled, "Physician Compensation Arrangements May Result in Significant Liability." The Alert is an...more

Health Care E-Note - June 2015

In This Issue: - Why, Again, Do You Think That Worker is an Independent Contractor? - I-9 and E-Verify Compliance Practices for Temporary Labor and Contractors - Excerpt From Why, Again, Do You Think That...more

OIG Advisory Opinion Approves Patient Subsidies For Clinical Study

On June 4, 2015, OIG published an advisory opinion (No. 15-07) stating that it will not impose administrative sanctions on a medical device manufacturer that planned to pay for copayments and certain other costs for Medicare...more

An Apple a Day Keeps the OIG Away: Practical Guidelines for Structuring Physician Compensation Arrangements to Avoid Kickback...

On June 9, 2015, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) released a fraud alert warning physicians to scrutinize carefully the conditions and terms of any medical director or...more

Blog: OIG Releases Updated Mid-Year Work Plan: Open Payments, Clinical Laboratory Payments & Opioid Billing Trends Added to Agenda

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released last week an updated mid-year Work Plan for FY2015, which removes items that have been completed, postponed, or canceled and includes new items that...more

Senate Aging Committee Hearing on Hospital Observation Stay Policies

On May 20, 2015, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing entitled “Challenging the Status Quo: Solutions to the Hospital Observation Stay Crisis.” Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Claire...more

OIG Reviews HHA Background Check Policies

In response to a Congressional request, the OIG has reviewed the extent to which home health agencies (HHAs) have employed individuals with criminal convictions and whether state requirements should have disqualified such...more

OIG Flags Overpayments Due to Incorrect Physician Place-of-Service Coding

According to a recent OIG report, "Incorrect Place-of-Service Coding Resulted in Potential Medicare Overpayments Costing Millions,” physicians did not always correctly code the place of service on Part B claims. This...more

Reasonable Suspicion of a Crime in a Long-Term Care Facility and OIG Findings

On June 17, 2011, CMS published a memorandum detailing the reporting requirements when there is a reasonable suspicion of a crime in a long-term care facility as required by section 1150B of the Social Security Act....more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - April 2015 #4

CMS Announces Round 1 2017 DMEPOS Competitive Bidding System – On April 21, 2015, CMS announced plans for a new bidding process for the supplier contracts awarded in the Round 1 Recompete of the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding...more

New Postings on the Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch Blog - April 2015

The Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch blog has been updated to report on recent health policy developments, including the following...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - April 2015 #3

OIG Releases Joint Compliance Guidance for Hospital – In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a new guidance document, “Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards...more

Health Care E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - New Smartphone Software Provides Groundbreaking Opportunity for Medical Research - The Many Levels of Supervision - Health Care Business Today: A Historical Perspective on Health Care...more

Look Out for Meaningful Use Audits by the Office of Inspector General

The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Care Record (“EHR”) Incentive Program (commonly referred to as “Meaningful Use”) provides incentive payments to eligible physicians and hospitals for adopting, implementing,...more

OIG Wants CMS to Take a Scalpel to Surgery Costs

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of Health & Human Services is recommending that CMS make a major reduction to the amount it pays hospitals for certain kinds of surgery. ...more

OIG Repeats Calls for Expanded Medicare Part B Drug Price Substitution Policy

The OIG has issued the latest in a long line of reports comparing Medicare Part B drug average sales prices (ASP) and average manufacturer prices (AMP), this time with a focus on 2013 pricing. By way of background, CMS has...more

CMS Made Payments to Providers with Delinquent Medicare Debts

The OIG has issued a report on its findings that Medicare in some cases continued to make payments to physicians who have delinquent Medicare debts that have been referred to Treasury for collection. ...more

Roadmap to Prison: Lessons Learned from the Criminal Prosecution of Alpha Ambulance’s Leaders

No one running an ambulance company ever planned to go to prison for doing his or her job. But that is a real possibility if the government knocks on the door, and the owner or manager is dishonest in his or her response to...more

OIG Report Outlines Five Recommendations for Hospice Care Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) to reform the hospice payment system, collect data relevant to revising hospice payments and develop quality...more

End Notes Newsletter February 2015 - News for North Carolina’s Hospice and Palliative Care Community

In this issue: - Gear Up for Increased CMS Scrutiny of Hospice Services for Assisted Living Facility Residents - Happy New Year from the DC District Court - Companionship Exemption Lives On!! - DEA Rules On...more

OIG Questions Potentially Duplicative Hospital Quality Improvement Efforts

The OIG recently issued a report that examined the extent to which Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) duplicate other CMS hospital quality improvement efforts, particularly Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) and the...more

OIG Examines CMS Payments to Hospitals for Clinic Visits

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) estimates that CMS made $4.6 million in incorrect Medicare outpatient payments to hospitals for established patients’ clinic visits in 2012. ...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Recent Health Care Updates

On January 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its plan to propose changes to the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (EHR Incentive Program). According to CMS, the rule will address...more

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