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Industry News, Fraud and Abuse, department of justice

New DOJ Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit Created

Posted by Donna Thiel on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

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.

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Industry News, OIG, department of justice, compliance officer

Attorney General Jeff Sessions - Message to Compliance Professionals

Posted by Donna Thiel on Thu, Apr 27, 2017

On Monday, April 24th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed participants at the Ethics and Compliance Institute (ECI) Annual Conference and shared some important messages with compliance professionals.

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OIG, Medicaid, Medicare, Fraud and Abuse, department of justice

The OIG is Serious About Personal Care Fraud: Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Thu, Apr 20, 2017

The OIG has heard and seen it all, right? It is hard to imagine the daily insanity of discovering and investigating fraudulent behavior within the healthcare industry. One thing is for sure; they are not messing around.

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OIG Exclusion List, exclusions, exclusion list, department of justice, exclusion, OIG Exclusion

Deputy Yates Has Something to Say...Yates Memo and the Department of Justice

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Yates Memo

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a sweeping and telling memo on September 9, 2015. The purpose of the Memo, issued a day after she gave new guidance to Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys - outlining the importance of individual accountability in DOJ prosecutions, was to articulate several changes to DOJ policy, particularly regarding the definition of cooperation credit for corporations. 


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The gist of the sweeping memo was to alert prosecutors that punishment should reach those who perpetrated the fraud themselves, and not just a fine to the corporation.  This brings personal accountability and responsibility to a whole new level.

Deputy Yates wants you to know that the Justice Department is serious about accountability of bad actors and that individual accountability is real. She wants to make the marketplace a "level playing field".

Recently, Sally Yates provided more insight into the "Yates Memo"as it has become known.  

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