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
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
The Chicago U.S. Attorney's Office is creating a new unit to prosecute healthcare fraud. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather McShain will lead the team of five prosecutors. The team brings local focus on combatting fraud in Medicare, which has been a national priority for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for nearly a decade.Read More
Like most compliance officers, I receive compliance updates in my inbox every day from various vendors, compliance organizations, and of course the Office of Inspector General and Department of Justice. I always make sure to read all of the recent government settlements but maybe because of my background and love for the post-acute sector, I continue to notice how frequently the OIG and DOJ focus on the post-acute sector, and often more specifically on skilled nursing facilities.Read More
Larger healthcare companies typically employ an entire and robust legal department in-house to handle legal work and provide good counsel to management and senior executives. Some of these companies will hire outside counsel to supplement areas of expertise that may be lacking by an internal department. But what happens when that advice or legal counsel is considered to be fraudulent? Who is liable? Who takes the fall and can be subject to the long arm of the law?Read More
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