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A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 21, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule entitled, “Medicare Program: FY 2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.” This...more

Blog: OIG Releases Criteria For Implementing Exclusion Authority

On April 18, 2016, the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released updated guidance related to the criteria it may use for evaluating its permissive exclusion authority under Section 1128(b)(7) of the...more

"New HHS OIG Criteria to Guide Resolution of Health Care Investigations"

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has issued updated guidance on the use of its so-called permissive exclusion authority under Section 1128(b)(7) of the Social Security Act...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Applications for Approval and Combinations of Active Ingredients Under Consideration for...more

OIG Issues New Guidance on Its Evaluation Process and Non-Binding Criteria for Section 1128(b)(7) Exclusions

On April 18, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services issued a revised policy statement applicable to exclusions imposed under Section 1128(b)(7) of the Social Security Act...more

New Guidance on Exclusion

For the first time in nearly 20 years the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health & Human Services has issued new guidance on the exercise of its authority to exclude health care providers from...more

Next Steps: Helping Your Organization Implement the New Medicare Overpayment Rule - Part II

On February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a final rule that explains the requirements for providers and suppliers reporting and returning overpayments under Medicare Parts A & B (the...more

OIG Continues its Focus on GIP Abuse: What Hospice Providers Need to Know

On March 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on hospice billing for general inpatient care (GIP). According to the OIG, hospices billed Medicare for...more

OIG laments failure to comprehensively address EHR fraud

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a compendium (Compendium) of its top unimplemented recommendations. The Compendium comprises 25 unimplemented past OIG...more

OIG Identifies Top 25 Unimplemented Recommendations for HHS Cost Savings/Quality Improvements

The OIG has released the 2016 edition of its “Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations,” which identifies what the OIG considers to be its top 25 unimplemented recommendations in terms of HHS program savings and/or quality...more

OIG Examines Hospice Medicare Billing for General Inpatient Care

According to a recent OIG report, hospices billed inappropriately almost one-third of Medicare general inpatient care (GIP) stays in 2012, resulting in $268 million in inappropriate Medicare payments. The GIP level of care...more

Yet Again, OIG Approves Medigap Policy Contracts with Preferred Hospital Network

On March 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued an advisory opinion approving the use of a preferred hospital network as part of Medicare Supplemental Health...more

OIG Releases Report Concluding that Hospices Overbilled Medicare by $268M in 2012

On March 30, 2016, the OIG released a report alleging that hospices billed one-third of hospice general inpatient care (GIP) stays inappropriately, costing Medicare $268 million in 2012....more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage (MA) and...more

OIG Issues Critical Medical Review Report of Hospice GIP

The report shows significant lapses in 2012 GIP service claims and recommends that CMS implement additional oversight and enforcement options....more

EPA OIG Will Evaluate EPA’s Management of Resistance Issues Related to Herbicide Tolerant GE Crops

On March 25, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) sent a memorandum to Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP),...more

Does Your Toxic Release Inventory Make You a Target for Enforcement?

Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General is examining the Agency’s usage of Toxic Release Inventory data to evaluate companies’ compliance with surface water discharge permitting...more

House Unanimously Approves Legislation to Remove Terminated Providers from Medicaid, CHIP

The House of Representatives has unanimously approved H.R. 3716, the Ensuring Access to Quality Medicaid Providers Act. The bill, which still awaits Senate consideration, would implement several OIG recommendations to improve...more

FDIC Developing Guidance on Risks For Banks Lending Through Third Parties

New guidance being developed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to address risks associated with banks making loans through third parties could significantly impact marketplace lending, private label credit...more

To Refer, Or Not To Refer? OIG’s Outdated Health Care Referral Restrictions

The Office of the Inspector General, which enforces Health and Human Services, has long been averse to referral services that don’t meet certain criteria. To get protection against a possible enforcement action, the referral...more

OIG rules hospital's offer of free transportation, lodging doesn't violate anti-kickback statute

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services recently posted an Advisory Opinion describing a proposed arrangement by an academic medical center that offers free transportation and lodging to...more

Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Logs $2.4 Billion in Recoveries for FY 2015

The federal government won or negotiated more than $1.9 billion in judgments and settlements, and attained additional administrative impositions in health care fraud cases and proceedings in FY 2015, according to the latest...more

GAO Examines Hospital Challenges in Implementing Patient Safety Practices

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report focusing on the roadblocks hospitals face in implementing evidence-based patient safety practices, such as the use of antiseptics to reduce Central...more

OIG Conducts Review of Department of Education Program for Ensuring Compliance with SCRA

On February 29, the Department of Education Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a response to a congressional request that the OIG conduct a review of student loan servicers’ compliance with the SCRA. The OIG analyzed...more

OIG Approves Free Transportation and Lodging for Certain, Low-Income Pregnant Women - Advisory Opinion 16-02

On March 1, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-02 [PDF], approving an academic medical center's (AMC's) provision of free transportation and lodging...more

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