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The Office of Inspector General Defends Its Practices

February 16, 2015

The OIG is used to putting healthcare enterprises firmly on the defensive, but this month it ended up answering some rather tough questions of its own. According to information published by the National Law Review, the ...

Is OIG Compliance Screening Getting Any Easier?

February 9, 2015

Compliance officers already know that remaining in compliance with OIG-related regulations is one of the most important parts of their job. However, that job has become even more critical as Health & Human Services i...

13 Days, 250K in OIG Fines

February 5, 2015

Looks like the OIG means business. Over the course of the past 13 days, over $250,000 in fines have been meted out due to the alleged employment of excluded individuals.  The first involved a Minnesota pharmacist who o...

How Mandatory Exclusions Differ from Permissive Exclusions

January 28, 2015

Do you know the differences between Mandatory and Permissive Exclusions? Mandatory Exclusions, as the name presumes, are compulsory for a five year minimum term, when an individual has committed any of the applicable cri...

How much does it cost to search the Death Master File (DMF)?

January 21, 2015

How much does it cost to search the Social Security Death Master File?  Here is a quick overview of your options. Some corporations conduct regular DMF searches as good compliance protocol; others are forced into it ...

OIG Increases Focus On Employee Screening

January 13, 2015

With the 2015 Work Plan in full gear, background screening is not getting any easier. In fact, the Office of Inspector General continues to increase focus on screening practices in the healthcare industry, which undersc...

2014 Exclusion Roundup

January 13, 2015

The OIG has wrapped up a successful year, recovering an expected $4.9 billion dollars for US taxpayers. Looking back over the year, we take note of the following points of interest: Over 4,000 individuals or entities...

What’s New In The OIG 2015 Work Plan?

January 7, 2015

Have you reviewed the 2015 Work Plan yet to see how it may affect you?                                                                       Although there haven't been any updates in ...

5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Compliance Officer

December 31, 2014

As 2015 begins, here are five things that you can do to tighten up compliance at your facility. 1) Check OIG exclusions monthly. Every month.  Religiously.  Because the LEIE is updated monthly...and because your fac...

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