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Your source for healthcare compliance news, advice from industry experts, and all things related to OIG exclusions.

Industry News, Healthcare Compliance, OIG

Lessons Learned from OIG Semiannual Report to Congress

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

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.

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Healthcare Compliance, OIG, corporate integrity agreements

Settlement Considerations: CIA or No CIA?

Posted by Harold Malkin on Fri, Jul 21, 2017

We are pleased to welcome a guest today on the blog - Harold Malkin, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney who specialized in the resolution of civil healthcare fraud cases involving individual providers, medical practices and institutional providers in the Western District of Washington in Seattle for over 15 years. In this article, Harold will highlight some important information regarding the permissive and mandatory exclusion authority of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) as well as some things to consider if you find yourself in settlement discussions with OIG.

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Healthcare Compliance, OIG, OIG Exclusion

Quick Guide to the OIG Self-Disclosure Protocol

Posted by Donna Thiel on Fri, Jun 30, 2017

You found an excluded employee in your organization, now what? Likely, your first thought is a bit of panic and a lot of questions. How long has this person worked for us? How did we miss this? What position did they hold? Did we receive federal funds for the job this person held? What do I do now? If there is any good news in this scenario, perhaps it is that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has given providers direction on how to prepare for a self-disclosure to the OIG via the OIG’s Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol (SDP) document.

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Industry News, Healthcare Compliance, Fraud and Abuse

Health Care Fraud a High Priority for the DOJ

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Tue, Jun 06, 2017

This year’s American Bar Association’s 27th Annual Institute on Health Care Fraud featured Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco, of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Mr. Blanco reiterated Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ commitment to ferreting and fighting fraud and abuse.

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OIG Exclusion List, Healthcare Compliance, OIG

The ABC's of OIG Exclusion Monitoring

Posted by Mike Rosen on Fri, Jun 02, 2017

* Updated from original post on 12/17/2015

Healthcare compliance is complicated and full of regulations, guidelines, and oversight. Since federal tax dollars are used to reimburse health care providers for services, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as well as the Department of Justice (DOJ) have oversight on how those dollars are spent. The purpose of this blog post is to give a basic understanding of exclusions, industry best practices, and a brief description of the federal exclusion databases.

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