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Office of the Inspector General Healthcare

Health Care E-Note - January 2017

by Burr & Forman on

On October 4, 2016, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") released the final rules regarding the requirements of participation for skilled nursing facilities. One of the most significant changes to the...more

HHS OIG Issues Final Regulation Addressing Exclusion Authority

by King & Spalding on

On January 12, 2017, the HHS OIG issued its final rule amending regulations relating to its authority under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to exclude individuals and entities from participation in federal healthcare programs....more

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion for Cost-Sharing Waiver and Stipend Arrangements in a Government-Funded Clinical Research...

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a favorable advisory opinion (Advisory Opinion) to a university health system (Requestor) regarding two arrangements: (1) a proposal to waive cost-sharing obligations of...more

HHS OIG Finalizes New Exclusion Rules as Administration Exits

by Hogan Lovells on

With just a week left before a new administration takes office, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) finalized changes to the regulations authorizing OIG to exclude...more

OIG Recognizes New Local Transportation Safe Harbor and Exceptions to CMP in Updated Fraud and Abuse Regulations

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a long-awaited final rule (Final Rule) that expands the safe harbor regulations under the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS)...more

HHS OIG Adopts NewAnti-Kickback Safe Harbor and Civil Monetary Penalty Exceptions

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), issued a final rule that will have a widespread impact on health care service providers, medical transport providers,...more

OIG Revises Safe Harbors under the Anti-Kickback Statute and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules Regarding Beneficiary Inducements

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 7, 2016, the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule containing revisions to both the federal Anti-Kickback Statute safe harbors and the beneficiary...more

OIG Issues Final Rule Expanding Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbors and Revising Civil Monetary Penalty Regulations

by King & Spalding on

On December 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule to amend the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS or Statute) by adding new safe harbors. The Final Rule...more

2016 Health Care Year in Review

by Burr & Forman on

Since I began writing this year-end review in 2013, there have been some common themes – a shift to pay for quality and away from fee-for service, much of which has been brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): efforts...more

21st Century Cures Act Includes Prohibition on Information Blocking and Mandates for Additional HIPAA Guidance

On November 30, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives voted strongly in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act), an expansive health bill that addresses the discovery and development of new medical therapies as well...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - November 2016 #3

In a special “Manatt on Health Reform” feature, we track Governors’ and state healthcare officials’ reactions to the Presidential election; HHS plans investigations into rising drug costs; and Colorado voters reject a...more

Proposed Rule to Strengthen State Medicaid Fraud Control Units

by Polsinelli on

A recently published proposed rule expands the functions and responsibilities of state Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs). The rule was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of...more

Oncology Practice Agrees to Pay $5.3 Million to Settle Copayment Waiver Case

by King & Spalding on

A New York State hematology-oncology medical practice (the Practice), has agreed to pay $5.3 million to resolve allegations that, over an approximate five-year period, it provided kickbacks to patients in the form of waived...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2016 #3

HealthCare.gov consumers begin previewing 2017 coverage options as HHS projects a 9% enrollment increase over last year and an average 22% benchmark premium increase; Oregon study finds increased primary care spending in...more

Ten Things to Know About the CMS Long-Term Care Requirements Final Rule

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Deadlines are looming to come into compliance with sweeping changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for long-term care facilities (LTC) participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The CMS final...more

One Year Later: The Yates Memo, False Claims Act and Director & Executive Liability

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 19 and 27, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced two False Claims Act settlements that required corporate executives to make substantial monetary payments to resolve their liability. How will director and...more

Former Home Health Agency Owner Sentenced to 20 Years for $57MM Medicare Fraud

The US Department of Justice announced that Khaled Elbeblaswy, the former owner and manager three Miami-area home health agencies, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $36.4 million in restitution for his...more

To Refer, Or Not To Refer? OIG’s Outdated Health Care Referral Restrictions

by Ifrah PLLC on

The Office of the Inspector General, which enforces Health and Human Services, has long been averse to referral services that don’t meet certain criteria. To get protection against a possible enforcement action, the referral...more

Ignorance is Not Bliss: Get to Know the OIG FY 2016 Work Plan

by Polsinelli on

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) recently released its FY 2016 Work Plan, in which it identified key areas of focus for the upcoming year. Consistent with its mandate to detect...more

OCR Expected to Strengthen HIPAA Enforcement in 2016

by Locke Lord LLP on

Two recent reports issued by the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recommended that HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) should fully implement a permanent audit...more

Advisory Opinion: Free van shuttle services to medical facilities

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On October 21, 2015 the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General posted Advisory Opinion No. 15-13. This Opinion relates to a request for Advisory Opinion about a plan to offer free van shuttle...more

CMS and OIG Issue Final ACO Waivers

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) jointly issued a rule (the “Final Rule”) to finalize five (5) waivers of certain fraud and abuse...more

Blog: OIG Releases FY2016 Work Plan: Areas to be Reviewed Include SNFs, Drug Pricing, HIPAA

by Cooley LLP on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released this week its FY2016 Work Plan (Work Plan). The OIG Work Plan summarizes new and ongoing OIG reviews of various HHS programs and...more

OIG Posts Advisory Opinion on Free Transportation Program

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On October 21, 2015 the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General posted Advisory Opinion No. 15-13. This Opinion relates to a request for Advisory Opinion about a plan to offer free van shuttle...more

Millennium Health to Pay $256 million in False Claims Act Settlement

by Polsinelli on

Millennium Health, one of the nation’s largest urine drug testing laboratories, has agreed to pay the government $256 million to resolve claims that it violated the Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). The Settlement...more

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