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OIG Approves Free Lodging and Meals Under "Promotes Access to Care" Exception to Beneficiary Inducement CMP

In Advisory Opinion 17-01, published March 10, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) approved an academic medical center's proposal to provide free or reduced-cost lodging and...more

HUD Inspector General Issues Alert on Appraiser Identity Theft

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued an alert on appraiser identity theft. The alert details cases in three states where identity thieves illegally used...more

OIG Exclusion Regulations Go Into Effect This Month

On January 20, 2017, Assistant to President Trump and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus directed Federal agencies to temporarily postpone the effective date of such regulations for sixty days (March 21, 2017) unless such action...more

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Relating to Free Hotel Lodging and Cafeteria Meals for Qualifying Patients

On March 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 17-01. The Opinion relates to a request by an academic medical center (the “Requestor”) consisting...more

Excluded Party Cases Dominate OIG Published Self Disclosure Settlements

In 2013, the HHS Office of Inspector General issued revised protocols outlining the process through which health care providers are able to self-disclose and resolve potential liability under the OIG’s civil monetary penalty...more

OIG: U.S. Department of Education Must Do More to Police the Financial Condition of Colleges and Universities

Last week, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that it had analyzed data released by the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) and concluded that 177 private colleges and universities failed ED’s financial responsibility...more

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Healthcare Leaders cite Fraud and Abuse Laws as Obstacle to Value-Based Arrangements

As the healthcare industry moves towards value-based purchasing, pay-for-performance, and other payment reform models, industry leaders have identified federal fraud and abuse laws as a barrier to full implementation of such...more

"Trends in Corporate Integrity Agreements Reflect New HHS OIG Guidance on Use of Exclusion Authority"

2016 was a year of change for the Department of Health and Human Service's Office of Inspector General's (OIG) approach to corporate integrity agreements (CIA). The OIG began to use its new model CIA format and applied its...more

New Exclusion Rule on the Horizon

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published a final rule which provides guidance on its new and expanded bases for permissive exclusion from federal health...more

OIG Releases FY 2016 Statistical Data About Medicaid Fraud Control Units

Earlier this week, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) posted its fiscal year (“FY”) 2016 data about Medicaid Fraud Control Units (“MFCUs”) across the country....more

OIG Tallies Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Achievements in FY 2016

The OIG has released national and state-by-state data quantifying State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCUs) accomplishments in fiscal year 2016. During this period MFCUs were credited with a total of: - 1,721 indictments...more

New OIG Exclusion Authority Rule Set To Go Into Effect on March 21, 2017

On January 12, 2017, just a week prior to President Trump’s Inauguration, the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final Rule (Rule) regarding one of its most important...more

OIG Warns Public: Do Not Fall for “OIG Hotline” Scammers

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) is warning the public that scammers are spoofing the OIG’s hotline telephone number to obtain personal information from individuals that then can be used to steal money from the...more

New OIG Exclusion Regulations About to Go into Effect

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently published a final rule regarding its exclusion authorities. The final rule goes into effect March 21, 2017, and expands OIG’s authority to exclude certain individuals and...more

Chiropractic Service Overpayment for Lack of Medical Necessity

Recent OIG Release Emphasizes Need for Compliance Policies Specific to Provider Risks The Office of Inspector General recently published results of its audit of Medicare claims for chiropractic services made by a chiropractic...more

The Case of the Very Very Impossibly Long, Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

How Fraud and Abuse Cases Arise in a Medical Practice - It is no secret many doctors work very long days. Some days are worse and some are better than others. As a compliance lawyer, my job is to attempt to prevent...more

Time to Review Internal Confidentiality Agreements

Effective January 19, 2017, pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.203-19, Prohibition on Requiring Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements or Statements, federal government contractors are prohibited...more

OIG Announces Drug Pricing and Reimbursement Web Portfolio

On February 17, 2017 the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) posted a Drug Pricing and Reimbursement Web portfolio on its website that, according to the OIG announcement, “pulls together the HHS OIG’s body of work since...more

HHS Report Acknowledges Complications of Fraud and Abuse Statutes on Value-Based Arrangements

HHS posted a report to Congress on its website in August 2016 that responds to the requirements in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) to offer legislative and regulatory suggestions regarding the...more

OIG Publishes Online Portfolio Highlighting its Body of Work on Drug Pricing and Reimbursement

For several years now, the public outcry over the issue of drug pricing and reimbursement has increased in frequency and fervor. At least one government agency wants you to know that it has been listening and wants to help...more

OIG Finalizes Expanded Exclusion Authorities under ACA (Updated)

On January 12, 2017, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services issued the final rule implementing its statutory authority under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to expand the exclusion...more

Fraud and Abuse Investigations Should be Taken Very Seriously

According to the United States Government, fraud and abuse recovery has an excellent return for each investment dollar spent. According to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Report,released by the...more

Despite Uncertain Future of ACA, OIG Issues Final Rule Revising Permissive Exclusion Authority

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule expanding its permissive exclusion authority while also codifying certain statutory changes made...more

Stretching the Rules: HHS-OIG Expands its Exclusionary Authority

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule expanding its authority to exclude providers from participation in federal healthcare programs. This...more

Blog: Enforcement Trend: Patient Assistance Programs

Multiple pharmaceutical companies have disclosed the receipt of subpoenas from various U.S. Attorney’s offices, including Massachusetts and the Southern District of New York, related to the companies’ patient assistance...more

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