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OIG Plans to Fight Fraud, Waste, and Abuse While Promoting Quality, Safety, and Value in 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2014 on January 31, 2014. The Work Plan provides insight into the OIG’s priorities by providing...more

OIG Defines its Priorities in 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

Outlining its high-level priorities and goals for the next five years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its Strategic Plan for 2014-2018. In the Strategic...more

HHS's Mixed Messages: Identifying a Federal Healthcare Program When You See It

Recent seemingly contrary determinations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have fueled industry speculation regarding whether qualified health plans (QHPs) available on the health insurance exchanges...more

GAO Examines Effectiveness of Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Activities

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report analyzing the effectiveness of Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) program activities titled, “Indicators Provide Information on Program...more

Doctors Corralled for Kickbacks

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General's (OIG) chief counsel indicated in 2007 that the government's fraud enforcement focus on large organizations was an "ineffective strategy" and that...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - October 2013 - Issue 3

In This Issue: - Top News ..Deal to Raise Debt Ceiling, End Shutdown Yields No Major Changes to Health Care Law ..Problems with HealthCare.gov Website Continue; HHS Working to Fix Issues ..Kaiser Study...more

PODs Continue To Attract Scrutiny From OIG And Congress

In the wake of a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General ("OIG") investigation, physicians with ownership interests in medical device distributorships and hospitals should prepare for...more

Health Update -- Oct 23, 2013

Mapping The New Fraud And Abuse Landscape - In an age of increased government scrutiny and enforcement, providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers, along with their business partners,...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - September 24, 2013

With a week until a potential government shutdown and a week until open enrollment begins, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in the limelight. On September 20, the House voted for a continuing resolution that funds the...more

Interagency Initiative Targets Consumer Fraud in the ACA Exchange Marketplace

Yesterday, the Attorney General, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced an interagency initiative to prevent consumer fraud and...more

Federal Government Aggressively Pursuing Health Care Fraud

Proactive self-audits help providers identify potential problems - The Federal Government is using every tool available to fight health care fraud and recover overpayments from health care providers. According to the...more

OIG Publishes Audit of Outpatient Therapy Services Seeking Return of $3.1 Million in Reimbursements

In June 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Investigator General (OIG) published a review of its audit of an outpatient therapy services provider. The OIG concluded that the outpatient therapy...more

PRIME Act: New Legislation to Curb Health Care Fraud

The United States Senate and House of Representatives recently introduced bipartisan legislation designed to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The legislation, entitled “Preventing and...more

OIG Semiannual Report Announces Expected Recoveries of Nearly $4 Billion for October 2012 – March 2013

In its Semiannual Report to Congress, which covers the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2013 (October – March), the OIG announced expected recoveries of $3.8 billion, consisting of more than $521 million in audit receivables...more

Is Data Mining Coming to a State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Near You?

Starting June 17, state Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) can use federal funding to pay for data mining, according to a final rule published by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General in...more

The Top 10 Things You Need To Know About The OIG’S Revised Self-Disclosure Protocol

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an updated Self-Disclosure Protocol (SDP) governing the process by which health care providers can...more

OIG Special Fraud Alert Labels Physician-Owned Distributorships (PODs) as “Inherently Suspect”

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (the “OIG”) issued a Special Fraud Alert (“Alert”) on March 26, underscoring its heightened focus on fraud and abuse risks posed by physician-owned...more

OIG Special Fraud Alert on Physician-Owned Distributorships

On March 26, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Special Fraud Alert entitled “Physician-Owned Entities.” The Alert is consistent with an ongoing theme of concern...more

OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert for Physician-Owned Entities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a Special Fraud Alert expressing concern that physician-owned entities "that derive revenue from selling, or arranging for the...more

Hospitals and Doctors Beware: OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert on Physician-Owned Entities

Alert notes attributes and practices that produce substantial fraud and abuse risk. On March 26, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its "Special Fraud...more

OIG Places Fraud and Abuse Spotlight on Physician-Owned Entities

Physician-owned distributorships continue to attract federal scrutiny. A new OIG Alert highlights health care transactions that make these distributorships vulnerable to enforcement activity. ...more

OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert on Physician-Owned Distributorships (PODs)

On March 26, 2013, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services issued its first Special Fraud Alert in three years. The new Alert focuses on physician-owned distributorships...more

Health Care Enforcement in 2012: A Year in Review

Last year was another busy year in health care fraud enforcement. In 2012, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG) reported total expected recoveries of $6.9 billion from all...more

Protecting Your Hospital From Over-Utilization Prosecutions

The government has been increasing its focus on healthcare fraud involving “quality” of care. This is an extremely difficult issue, especially for prosecutors. It is very difficult to define “quality” standards and then...more

The Healthcare Industry And The Voluntary Disclosure Process

It is always important to consider how different parts of the government handle voluntary disclosures. The FCPA enforcement initiative has been largely the result of the voluntary disclosure process, and the government...more

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