Throughout the year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), as well as the Department of Justice (DOJ) and President Trump, have made it clear that opioid abuse is a primary area of focus for government agencies. In a recent announcement, Attorney General Sessions showed that the government isn’t just talking- they are taking action. On August 2nd, Attorney General Sessions announced the formation of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit. This new unit of the DOJ will be a pilot program to utilize data to help combat the opioid crisis.Read More
Each year, the Department of Health and Human Services and OIG is tasked with updating Congress on its performance, trends, and actions taken to combat healthcare fraud and abuse. The mid-term report was issued for the period of October 2016 to March 2017 and describes OIG’s work on identifying significant problems, abuses, deficiencies, remedies, and investigative outcomes relating to the administration of HHS programs and operations that were disclosed during the reporting period.Read More
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” At least that is what Benjamin Franklin said a century ago. He is right, and that was insightful - even before his face would appear on U.S. currency. Little did he know how many “Benjamins” it would cost a healthcare company in fines for non-compliance with licenses.Read More
Ohio had their hands full in a federal case involving a former home healthcare nurse who committed heinous crimes and Medicaid fraud involving a severely physically disabled 14-year-old minor (cerebral palsy) in her care. As a result of her neglect and fraud, she also received a lifetime ban from working in any governmental entity in the healthcare field.Read More
On June 30, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group issued a memorandum outlining revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix PP for Phase 2, F-Tag revisions, and several other related issues specific to the Requirements of Participation of nursing centers. The new CMS mandates include the minimum health and safety standards that skilled nursing facilities must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid.Read More
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