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EPA OIG Releases Report on EPA’s Management of Pesticide Funds

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 18, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on an evaluation conducted by OIG entitled “EPA Needs to Manage Pesticide Funds More Efficiently.” OIG...more

Animal Feeding Operations Emission Estimation Methods: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General Report

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a September 19th report titled: Eleven Years After Agreement, EPA Has Not Developed Reliable Emission Estimation...more

OIG Study Finds States Are Not Using Medicaid Payment Suspensions

by King & Spalding on

A recent HHS OIG review of 2014 data on fraud allegations found that significant challenges were limiting the States’ use of payment suspensions, even in the face of what CMS determined were credible allegations of provider...more

Expanded Fraud and Abuse Liability under Proposed “Medicare for All” Bill

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On September 13, 2017, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced his “Medicare for All Act of 2017” which, as the name implies, would expand Medicare to cover nearly every American. Although it is unlikely that the bill will...more

Concierge Medicine – Medicare Compliance Is Still A Consideration

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In our July 10, 2017 post, Concierge Medicine – Is it for you?, we cautioned that Medicare compliance concerns do not fall away when moving to a concierge or direct-pay model. HHS has determined that concierge-style...more

Blog: OIG Releases September Work Plan Items; Includes Part D Sponsor Reporting of Rebates and Price Concessions to Medicare

by Cooley LLP on

As we recently announced, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The September updates include 9 new Work Plan items: Federal Marketplace...more

OIG Signs Up for Customer Loyalty Program

by BakerHostetler on

In Advisory Opinion 17-05, posted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) on September 7, 2017, the OIG approved a pharmacy’s customer loyalty/discount program (Benefit Program)....more

Inspector General Audit Could Impact Skilled Nursing Facilities

by Ruder Ware on

Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) may see even more scrutiny from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) because of a recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and...more

OIG issues Advisory Opinion on a Retail Pharmacy’s Paid Membership Program Which Includes Federal Health Care Program...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On September 7, 2017, the OIG posted an advisory opinion regarding a retail pharmacy chain’s proposal to extend to federal health care program beneficiaries the option to participate in a paid membership program that includes...more

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion to Pharmacy

On September 7, 2017, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an Advisory Opinion to the owner of a retail pharmacy chain (Pharmacy) that would allow Federal health care program beneficiaries to participate in a paid...more

Healthcare Law Update: September 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

OIG Advisory Opinions - Manufacturer's Free Replacement of Spoiled Pharmaceutical Products Authorized - On Aug. 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG)...more

OIG Issues Stark Warning to Skilled Nursing Facilities: Potential Abuse or Neglect of Residents Receiving Emergency Room Services...

On August 24, 2017, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued an “Early Alert” that disclosed the preliminary results of its ongoing review of abuse of Medicare...more

U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General Project Notification: Public Notification of Drinking Water Quality

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued an August 18th Project Notification stating that it is planning to begin preliminary research on the public notification of...more

OIG’s Expanded Interpretation of Warranty Safe Harbor Portends Well for Value-Based Health Care

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In a new advisory opinion, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) clarified the scope of the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) warranty safe harbor (the “Warranty Safe Harbor”). In...more

Nursing Home Nightmares — Beyond poor care

The lack of good care in nursing homes is a very real problem. Owners trying to enhance the bottom line often run with thin staffs, and it is the patient who suffers. For example, bed sores can cause terrible injuries and...more

To the Spoiler Go the Spoils: OIG Approves Limited Product Replacement Program

by Hogan Lovells on

A perennial question for manufacturers of drugs and biologicals that require specialized handling, storage, or reconstitution is how to handle circumstances in which the product is spoiled, breaks, or otherwise becomes...more

HHS-OIG Issues Favorable Opinion on Pharmaceutical Spoilage Replacement Program

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Aug. 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a favorable advisory opinion regarding a pharmaceutical manufacturer’s proposed replacement program for spoiled...more

OIG Reports That CMS Has Inadequate System for Identifying SNF Abuse

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued an “Early Alert” regarding the preliminary results of an ongoing study of potential abuse or neglect in Medicare-certified skilled...more

OIG Makes Monthly Update to Its Work Plan

by King & Spalding on

Last month, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced that it would start updating its Work Plan website on a monthly basis instead of only once or twice per year. Consistent with this new initiative, the OIG...more

The Four Things That Surprised Us in the EpiPen False Claims Settlement

On August 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had reached a $465 million false claims settlement with Mylan, the manufacturer of EpiPen, over the company’s alleged underpayment of Medicaid Drug...more

OIG asks: Are CPD programs available to undocumented immigrants?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Today, the HUD Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a bulletin indicating that it is unclear if undocumented immigrants have access to certain HUD Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs – namely the Housing...more

Blog: OIG Releases August Work Plan Items

by Cooley LLP on

As we recently announced, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The August updates released this week include 4 new Work Plan items:...more

Federal Government to Target False EHR Incentive Payments

by Barley Snyder on

While health care reform remains bogged down, the federal government’s efforts to curtail fraud, waste and abuse in its health care programs fervently continues. Most recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human...more

Telehealth Remains a Top Priority for Advancing Quality Health Care

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Even with the prospect of Obamacare repeal and replace on the backburner for now, the federal government continues to focus on health care. Following August recess, Congress will have less than four weeks to work through...more

Antidotes for America’s Addiction Crisis

Opioid addiction and abuse has exploded into a national epidemic. Every three weeks, America faces a death toll equivalent to the September 11th attacks due to drug overdoses, 75 percent of which are from opioid use. ...more

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