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OIG November 2017 Work Plan Update

The OIG added four items to its Work Plan with the November 2017 update, as listed on the chart below. Interestingly, three of the four new items relate to Medicaid. Hot topics include prescriptions for extreme amounts of...more

OIG Work Plan – October 2017 Update

The OIG added five new items to its Work Plan with its October 2017 monthly update. This is a decrease from the nine new items added to the Work Plan with the September 2017 update. (For more information on last month's Work...more

OIG Work Plan – September 2017 Update

Beginning in June 2017, the OIG began making monthly Work Plan updates. These monthly updates create some practical challenges for health care providers and compliance professionals trying to make operational and compliance...more

OIG Approves (Yet) Another Medigap/PHO Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 17-04

With Advisory Opinion 17-04, issued August 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) adds to the ever-growing number of favorable advisory opinions regarding an agreement...more

Pharmacy Chain's Benefit Program Gets OIG Approval in Advisory Opinion 17-05

The OIG approved a retail pharmacy chain's proposal to expand its benefit program, which allows participating federal health care program beneficiaries to receive discounts and other benefits when purchasing certain products...more

OIG Advisory Opinion 17-03 Approves Pharmaceutical Manufacturer's Product Spoilage/Replacement Program

A pharmaceutical manufacturer proposing to offer customers – at no additional cost – replacements for certain spoiled products that can no longer be administered to patients (Replacement Program) has been granted approval by...more

OIG Approves Cost-Sharing Arrangement Involving Clinical Research Study

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 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

OIG Finalizes CMP Regulations, Largely as Proposed

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) finalized [PDF] its proposal to update the civil monetary penalty (CMP) regulations – namely, incorporate new CMP authorities...more

OIG Approves Another Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 16-11

On November 3, 2016, the OIG issued another favorable Advisory Opinion, No. 16–11, regarding an agreement between a Medigap insurer and preferred hospital network. The OIG has issued several opinions regarding similar...more

OIG Approves Transportation Assistance Program

On October 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), issued an advisory opinion approving a local health care district’s proposal to cooperate with another district to...more

OIG Approves Free Vaccine Refrigeration Systems in Physician Offices

On September 16, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) released Advisory Opinion 16-09, approving a refrigerator manufacturer’s proposal to install a vaccine storage and...more

Federal Agencies Forced to Implement Huge Increases in Civil Monetary Penalties for Health Care Fraud

Thanks to section 701 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, Public Law 114–74, federal agencies have been forced to implement huge increases in penalties intended to deter health care fraud. The Federal Civil Penalties...more

OIG Approves Hospice Payments to Nursing Facility for Dual Eligible Patients Under Medicaid Demonstration Project

On July 20, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a favorable Advisory Opinion (16-08) [PDF] regarding payments from a hospice to a nursing facility in which a dual...more

OIG Permits Copayment Coupon Arrangement for Statutorily Non-Covered Drug in Advisory Opinion 16-07

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a favorable Advisory Opinion 16-07 regarding a savings card program (Card Program) under which Medicare Part D...more

OIG Approves Wholly Owned Group Purchasing Organization

In Advisory Opinion 16-06, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) approved a proposal whereby the ownership of a group purchasing organization (GPO) would be restructured so that the GPO will be wholly owned by the same...more

CMS Announces Plans to Streamline the Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol

On May 6, 2016, CMS published a notice (Notice), required under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), seeking public comment on its plans to revise the information collected under the Medicare Self-referral Disclosure Protocol...more

OIG Updates Permissive Exclusion Criteria – Suggests Compliance Programs Are Expected

On April 18th, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued updated guidance describing the factors it will consider in determining whether to exercise its permissive authority to exclude individuals and entities from federal...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 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

Stark Updates Included in Final 2016 Physician Fee Schedule

With the final Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) for 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made a series of updates to the Stark physician self-referral regulations. The final rule is largely...more

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