Fraud Office of the Inspector General

Fraud is the making of false representations or engaging in deceptive behavior in order to unlawfully secure financial or personal gain. 
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DOJ OIG Report Critical Of Mortgage Fraud Enforcement Programs

On March 13, the DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on its audit of the DOJ’s efforts between 2009 and 2011 to pursue alleged mortgage fraud. Of particular note, the report reveals for the first time...more

Rx for Fraud: Electronic Health Records

By pursuing a mandate to digitize medical records, the federal government hopes to improve patient care and reduce costs. But recent reports by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) indicate that fraud prevention policies...more

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 Releases Report on EHR Fraud Controls

On December 11, 2013, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report examining provider use of certain fraud controls in certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. OIG’s survey of 864 hospitals found...more

Health Care Fraud and Abuse Alert: What CMS’s New Billing Requirement For “Incident To” Services Means For Medicare Providers.

In the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2014 (“2014 PFS”), CMS implemented a new condition of payment for “incident to” services that has significant fraud and abuse implications for any Medicare provider who relies...more

2013 Healthcare Year In Review

Bob Dylan's quote from 1964 -- "The Times They Are A-Changin" -- could equally apply to the healthcare industry in 2013. This was the year that the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") came into full public view with the start of the...more

USCIS Site Visits – Expanding to L-1 Petitioners

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) created and implemented the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) in July 2009, under which it conducts unannounced site inspections at the...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

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

OIG Investigations (Without Subpoena Bells and Whistles) Coming to a Program Near You

The Inspector General Act of 1978 aimed to “consolidate existing auditing and investigative resources to more effectively combat fraud, abuse, waste and mismanagement in the programs and operations of [the executive branch].”...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

Lawsuit Based on Kickback, Stark Law Violations Sustained; Civil Suit Offers Additional Option to Counter Competitor's Illegal...

Hospitals, laboratories, and other health care providers that rely on referrals from other health professionals may encounter situations where competitors have entered into arrangements with physicians or other referral...more

Federal Government, Illinois AG Team Up To Bring First TARP Criminal Charges

On August 6, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the FDIC Office of Inspector General, and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced criminal charges against former members of...more

Foundations in Fraud and Abuse: Building Blocks of Health Law

The Ober|Kaler Health Care General Counsel Institute is pleased to introduce its Foundations series, a collection of programs designed to equip in-house counsel with a solid foundation in the cornerstones of health law. The...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

Health Care E-Note - June 19,2013

In This Issue: - FTC Hospital Merger Investigation Highlights Cost of Health Care - Survey Finds Doctors Warming to Health Information Exchanges - Health Insurance Markets Seeing More Competition from New...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

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - May 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..Tavenner Wins Senate Confirmation to Head CMS ..US Charges 89 in Nationwide Medicare Fraud Crackdown - State News ..Vermont Becomes Fourth State to Allow Physician-Assisted...more

PODs Beware: OIG Releases Special Fraud Alert

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a Special Fraud Alert on March 26, 2013 warning that physician-owned distributorships (PODs) are "inherently suspect" under the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). Generally...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

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