Office of the Inspector General

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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 Nixes Arrangements Involving Free Tests

Labs Attempt to Counter Exclusive Lab Arrangements - With increasing frequency, clinical laboratories have found themselves unable to receive any payments for tests performed for individuals whose third-party insurer...more

OIG updates project completion dates and completes audit of CFPB’s Tableau system

In its work plan updated as of March 27, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has moved back the estimated completion dates of several ongoing projects previously estimated to be completed in the first quarter of...more

Congress Holds Hearing on 340B Program

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on March 24, 2015 to review the functionality of the 340B Drug Pricing Program to understand how it impacts patients,...more

OIG Issues Unfavorable Advisory Opinion on Proposal for Exclusive Laboratory Services Arrangements

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an unfavorable Advisory Opinion in which it found that it could potentially impose administrative sanctions and exercise its permissive exclusion...more

Department of State Inspector General Issues Report on Contractor Confidentiality Provisions with Employees

Monday, the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State (OIG) issued a report on its review of the use of confidentiality agreements and policies by Department of State contractors. In preparing the...more

OIG Warns Lab “Pull-Through” Arrangements May Be Illegal

In an important advisory opinion, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) gave a thumbs-down to a proposed clinical laboratory “pull-through” arrangement even though the patients in...more

Medigap Deductible Discount Proposal Approved by OIG

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued Advisory Opinion 15-03 and concluded that a licensed provider (the Requestor) of Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance (Medigap) would not be sanctioned under the civil...more

OIG: Exclusive laboratory arrangement may violate Antikickback Statute and result in exclusion for excessive charges

On March 25, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued Advisory Opinion 15-04, which found that an exclusive arrangement between a laboratory and its referring physician practices could violate the Federal...more

OIG Issues 2015 Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations

The OIG has released its March 2015 “Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations,” which highlights the OIG’s top 25 recommendations for cost savings and/or quality improvements in HHS programs, along with other significant...more

Blog: OIG Releases Advisory Opinion Regarding Laboratory and Physician Practice Agreement

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) posted Advisory Opinion No. 15-04. In the opinion, the OIG addresses a laboratory’s proposal to enter into agreements...more

OIG Finds Exclusive Lab Arrangement May Violate Anti-Kickback Statute

Yesterday the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (the “OIG”) issued Advisory Opinion 15-04 (“Advisory Opinion”) in which it found that an exclusive arrangement between a laboratory...more

MedPAC Issues March 2015 Report to Congress on Medicare Payment Policies

On March 13, 2015, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) issued its annual report to the Congress on Medicare payment policies (Report). The Report includes recommendations for inflation updates and payment...more

OIG adds new audit item to work plan

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has added a new ongoing CFPB project to its work plan updated as of March 13, 2015. The OIG is auditing the CFPB’s compliance with the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002, as...more

OIG Advises that Exclusive Lab Referral Arrangement May be a Kickback

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an advisory opinion (No. 15-04) today that states a proposed arrangement to provide free laboratory tests for certain patients of...more

DOJ/OIG Issue FY2014 Report: Health Fraud Recoveries and Case Filings Decline

In an annual report required by Congress and issued today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG) and Department of Justice (DOJ) detailed their FY 2014 results under their coordinated Health Care Fraud and...more

Patient Dumps Can be Costly (But Cheaper than Missing Signature under Stark)

Continuing an accelerating series of EMTALA investigations and settlements in 2014 and this year, a Newton, Kansas hospital has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle allegations by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the...more

OIG Reviews Medicare Reimbursement for Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Swing-Bed Services

A recent OIG report examines increasing use of CAH “swing-bed” services, which the OIG describes as being equivalent to services performed at a SNF, but which are reimbursed at 101% of a CAH’s reasonable cost rather than at...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

Attention Seniors! Check Into a Hospital and Get $100!

OIG Advisory Opinion 15-03 approves a Medigap insurer’s program that, among other things, calls for (a) network hospitals to waive the deductible for Medicare enrollees, (b) the insurer to pay the hospital network a fee each...more

OIG Announces Plans for Health Reform Oversight Activities

On February 24, 2015, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its “Health Reform Oversight Plan” for FY 2015, which describes the OIG’s current and planned efforts to oversee the implementation and management of...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

Excluded Individual Not Precluded from Payment for Pre-exclusion Services

In Advisory Opinion 15-02 [PDF], issued February 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) looked favorably on the Requestor’s inquiry as to whether receipt of Federal health...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

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