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.Read More
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. Do you remember when you were the new compliance officer in your organization? Maybe you were reviewing all of the compliance processes and trying to determine what was working well and where things might need a little improvement? At some point, if you’re like me, you began to review the exclusion monitoring process and quickly realized you need some help.Read More
Did you know that according to the OIG, when your exclusion is “over” not everyone is automatically “cleared” at the end of the exclusion period? Instead, the provider must apply through the OIG for reinstatement. Many times, this assumption can really hurt providers when they come to realize that they are still on the OIG exclusion list years later.Read More
Maybe the Wizard of Oz had good advice: follow the yellow brick road. It may have curves and present different paths, and you may meet some interesting people along the way, but in the end, it can take you to the big castle. In this case, the castle is the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - the ultimate enforcer for healthcare fraud. The OIG has enforcement powers with the wave of its wand. Those powers include the statutory authority to impose civil fines and penalties (CMP) and exclusions against individuals and/or entities that stray from the yellow brick road.Read More
As a nation we're facing a serious student loan crisis. Whether you paid off your loans years ago, continue to pay them off now, or helping your children or grandchildren with their share of loans, we've all encountered the massive amounts of student debt piling up.Read More
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