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
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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