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OIG, compliance, corporate integrity agreements

Corporate Integrity Agreements: A Brief History

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Tue, Apr 18, 2017

A CIA is a serious weapon available to the OIG to resolve allegations of fraud and abuse. Let's take a look back at some of the history of Corporate Integrity Agreements and how they are used.

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OIG, compliance, corporate integrity agreements, compliance officer

What’s New in Corporate Integrity Agreements from the OIG?

Posted by Donna Thiel on Thu, Apr 13, 2017

As we all know, Corporate Integrity Agreements (CIA’s) are an excellent resource to a compliance officer when trying to stay ahead of the ever-changing compliance landscape. CIA’s provide a wealth of information as to what the Office of Inspector General (OIG) believes should be elements of an effective compliance program. They can also help clarify roles and responsibilities of the board or senior leadership in a healthcare organization. It is highly recommended that you monitor CIAs posted on the OIG site on a periodic basis to see if the model CIA has been updated or changed.

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The ABCs of CIAs

Posted by Donna Thiel on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

What is a Corporate Integrity Agreement?

A Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) is a document that outlines the obligations in which a healthcare entity agrees to a civil settlement with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to resolve an allegation of fraud. 

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Healthcare Compliance, OIG, Compliance Plan, compliance officer

A Corporate Integrity Agreement is Coming, What Should I Do Now?

Posted by Donna Thiel on Thu, Apr 06, 2017

Plan

The first thing you should do is realize that the clock is already ticking and you need to start preparing. There are many phases to implementing a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) but Phase I actually starts before the CIA is even signed.

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Enforcement, Regulations

Sanctioning Doctors for Opioid Prescription Abuse

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Tue, Apr 04, 2017

Each day, more stories continue to dominate headlines concerning the country's opioid abuse and its impact on families, health, and the economy. With the crisis reaching a critical mass, the highest levels of government are working to address so many health concerns with an executive order recently released from the White House. This epidemic is also resulting in a record number of doctors being disciplined by medical boards for over-prescribing to patients. 

 Recently, the state of New Jersey ramped up its enforcement efforts by sanctioning 31 physicians for allegedly over-prescribing painkillers.  This is a trend that seems to put a dent in the proliferation of addiction to pain killers, and the epidemic of pain killer narcotic over-prescription.

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