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OIG Approves Cost-Sharing Arrangement Involving Clinical Research Study

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), issued a favorable advisory opinion, No. 17-02, regarding a proposed arrangement under which the cost-sharing amounts owed by...more

OIG Claims CMS Paid $729 Million in Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In a June 12, 2017 report entitled, Medicare Paid Hundreds of Millions in Electronic Health Record Incentive Payments That Did Not Comply With Federal Requirements, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of...more

OIG Unveils New Work Plan Process: Assessing the Impact on Compliance Risk Assessment

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On June and July 17, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) released new Work Plan initiatives and, in doing so, announced its intent to update its Work Plan monthly, in lieu of a...more

Nationwide Healthcare Prosecutions Targeting an Array of Practices . . . Is "Just The Beginning"

by Bracewell LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the Department of Justice ("DOJ"), in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), continued its annual tradition of coordinating the filing of charges and sweeping arrests in...more

DOJ and OIG Announce Largest Ever National Health Care Fraud Takedown; Focus on Opioids

Continuing its annual tradition, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced last week the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare...more

DOJ and OIG Focus on Opioid Abuse: Medical Professionals Who Overprescribe May Be Targets

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Two recent announcements reflect that the U.S. Government is taking aggressive steps to address opioid abuse by identifying and targeting the involvement of medical professionals in facilitating opioid abuse involving Federal...more

Settlement Creates Uncertainty in Determining EMTALA Obligations

by King & Spalding on

On June 23, 2017, a South Carolina-based hospital system, AnMed Health, agreed to pay $1,295,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). The HHS OIG alleged AnMed held...more

Blog: OIG Work Plan Will Now Be Updated Monthly; 14 New Items Added for July

by Cooley LLP on

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it will begin updating its Work Plan initiatives monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications, which was most...more

Six Questions and Answers About CMS’ Recommended Changes to 340B Medicare Reimbursement

In March, I posted about the Uncertain Future of the 340B Drug Discount Program.  When opining about What Could Happen Next I speculated about possible changes to government reimbursement for 340B drugs “so that government...more

New OIG Advisory Opinion Allows Waiver of Cost Sharing in Research Studies

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued Advisory Opinion 17-02, allowing waivers or reductions of cost-sharing amounts owed by financially needy Medicare beneficiaries in connection with certain clinical...more

OIG Examines Travel and Travel Costs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a new audit report, HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) questioned certain costs paid by a public housing authority (PHA) for travel by the PHA’s commissioners. The OIG alleges violations of uniform cost principals at...more

OIG Report Estimates CMS Paid Millions in Erroneous Meaningful Use Incentives

by BakerHostetler on

On June 12, 2017 the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report entitled Medicare Paid Hundreds of Millions in Electronic Health Record Incentive Payments That Did Not Comply...more

Medicaid Fraud Control Units Report Focus on Personal Care Services

by Ruder Ware on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a report summarizing activities of State Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs or Units) for fiscal year 2016. The OIG is the...more

OIG Report Details Decline in Healthcare Fraud Recoveries

by King & Spalding on

Last week OIG released its semiannual report to Congress, which details the results of OIG’s operations for the first half of the 2017 federal fiscal year. Healthcare fraud recoveries by OIG totaled $2.04 billion during the...more

OIG Reports More Than $731 Million in Inappropriate Medicare Meaningful Use Payments

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program run by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) garnered attention again last week following the release of a report by the Office of Inspector General of the US...more

Labor Secretary Announces Aggressive Stance on Visa Fraud and Abuse

by Littler on

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) will more aggressively enforce laws governing the administration and enforcement of non-immigrant visa programs. The DOL will continue to...more

OIG Claims Medicare Improperly Paid Over $700 Million Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

by King & Spalding on

On June 12, 2017, OIG released a report on Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments, claiming that between May 2011 and June 2014, CMS paid an estimated $729 million to eligible professionals...more

Genesis Healthcare Enters $53.6 Million Settlement

by King & Spalding on

On June 16, 2017, the Department of Justice announced that Genesis Healthcare paid $53.6 million to resolve six False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuits filed by seven of Genesis’ former employees. The lawsuits alleged that...more

"Meaningfully Useful" Risk Mitigation Strategies for Providers Following the eClinicalWorks Settlement

by Jones Day on

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH Act") established financial incentives under Medicare and Medicaid for eligible health care providers that adopt, implement, and demonstrate use...more

First Look at OIG’s FY 2017 Fraud Recoveries/Enforcement Activities

by Reed Smith on

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) expects its investigative recoveries during the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2017 to top $2.04 billion – which is down from $2.77 billion for the first half of FY 2016. During this...more

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Reporting Requirements for Updating Your CMS Provider Enrollment

by BakerHostetler on

With the possibility of significant penalties for improperly reported transactions, it is important to understand how certain changes necessitate specific reporting. Is your organization considering a stock transfer, a...more

OIG Targets Additional Medicare/Medicaid Policy Areas for Review

by Reed Smith on

The OIG has added 18 reviews to its FY 2017 Work Plan – most of which target CMS programs, with a particular emphasis on prescription drug policies. For instance, the OIG now intends to examine the following Medicare and...more

OIG Estimates CMS Made $730 Million in Improper EHR Incentive Payments, Based on Small Sample of Claims

by Reed Smith on

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) estimates that CMS made $729.4 million in Electronic Health Incentive (EHR) payments to providers who did not meet meaningful use requirements from May 2011 to June 2014 –...more

OIG Issues FY 2016 Annual Report of the Medicaid Fraud Control Units

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued the Medicaid Fraud Control Units Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report in May 2017. The Annual Report is based on analysis of statistical...more

OIG Faults CMS for its Medicare and Medicaid Improper Payment Rates

by King & Spalding on

Under the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is required to annually report on improper payments and meet certain improvement metrics. In a report...more

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