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OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Wholly Owned GPO Arrangement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) on May 9, 2016, issued Advisory Opinion 16-06, finding a sufficiently low level of risk in a group purchasing organization (GPO) arrangement...more

Another Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement Approved by OIG in Advisory Opinion 16-05

On May 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued another favorable advisory opinion, No. 16-05 [PDF], regarding an agreement between a Medicare Supplemental Health...more

Finance Committee Report Places Medical Device Arrangements under Increasing Scrutiny

Hospitals and providers participating in physician-owned distributorships, or “PODs” may be at increased risk for government investigation or enforcement. A Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Report issued this month highlights...more

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Proposed Ownership Structure of Group Purchasing Organization

On May 2, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a favorable advisory opinion regarding a proposed arrangement, under which a group purchasing organization (GPO)...more

Physician-Owned Distributor (POD) Update

For some time, we have been reporting on issues involving federal government scrutiny of physician-owned distributors ("PODs"). From the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s ("OIG") issuance...more

OIG Approves Another Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network in Advisory Opinion 16-04

On April 18th, the OIG issued a new favorable Advisory Opinion, No. 16–04, regarding an agreement between a Medigap insurer and preferred hospital network. The opinion tracked other, similar opinions in favorably addressing...more

OIG Issues New Exclusion and CIA Guidance

On April 18, 2016, Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson announced the publication of updated guidance on how the Office of Inspector General (OIG) makes decisions about using its permissive exclusion authority and requiring...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 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

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

OIG Approves Charitable Program Providing Financial Assistance for MRIs in Advisory Opinion 15-14

On November 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 15-14. The Arrangement at issue is a charitable program designed to assist financially needy...more

OIG Approves Hospital-provided Transcription Services Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 15-15

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued Advisory Opinion 15-15 and concluded that an arrangement under which a hospital proposed to provide transcription services to a radiology practice in exchange for fair...more

OIG Approves Another Patient Assistance Program in Advisory Opinion 15-16

On December 28, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) approved another patient assistance program in Advisory Opinion 15-16. The OIG analyzed contributions to a private charitable organization under the anti-kickback...more

Charity's Patient Assistance Program Passes OIG Muster in Advisory Opinion 15-17

On December 28, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued OIG Advisory Opinion 15-17, approving a charity’s proposal to unveil a new patient assistance program dedicated to...more

OIG Issues (Another) Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 16-01

On January 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-01, approving yet another insurer’s proposed contract with a preferred hospital network. The...more

Drug Manufacturer Discount Cards: Accept With Caution

Pharmaceutical manufacturer discount card usage by government program beneficiaries has been an active area for government action in recent years. In a September 2014 Special Advisory Bulletin, the U.S. Department of Health...more

Whose Turn To Pay? New OIG Opinion Provides Clarity Regarding Payment of Radiology Transcription Fees

A new OIG opinion clarifies that providers are free to determine who will pay the transcription fees when separate parties perform the professional and technical components of a radiology exam. ...more

Solicitation of New Safe Harbors and Special Fraud Alerts

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced its annual solicitation of proposals and recommendations for developing new, and modifying existing, safe harbor provisions...more

Federal Spotlight Continues to Shine on Physician-Owned Distributorships

A recent Senate Finance Committee hearing investigated the effects of physician-owned distributorships (“PODs”) on costs of care and patient safety, suggesting that the momentum for greater oversight of such business...more

Laboratories – 2015 Year in Review [VIDEO]

Over the past year, significant regulatory changes began to take shape that will have lasting effects on the laboratory industry for years to come. After publishing draft guidance regarding the regulation of laboratory...more

HHS OIG Invites Suggestions for New Fraud Alerts, Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors

On December 23, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its annual notice soliciting recommendations for new or modified, safe harbor provisions under the...more

OIG Tightens Requirements of Prior Favorable Advisory Opinion on Charity Patient Assistance Program for Cancer Drugs

On December 7, 2015, OIG posted a modification adding additional strictures to a prior favorable Advisory Opinion (No. 07-11) regarding a charity’s operation of a patient assistance program (PAP) to provide financial...more

OIG Issues Fall 2015 Semiannual Report to Congress

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued its Semiannual Report to Congress covering April 1 – September 30, 2015. The report summarizes significant OIG audits, investigations, and enforcement activities during...more

[Webinar] 2016 OIG Work Plan: Focus on Compliance - Dec. 10th, 12:00pm ET

This webinar will include an overview of OIG’s new and ongoing areas of focus related to hospitals and physicians. The focus of the discussion will be the practical impact of these key enforcement priorities on planning and...more

OIG Authorizes Arrangement to Pay for MRI Services

On November 20, 2015, OIG issued a favorable advisory opinion, Advisory Opinion No. 15-14, regarding a charitable organization’s arrangement to pay for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services for patients afflicted with a...more

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