Monday, October 8, 2012

OIG soon to Issue More Information and Guidance, Official Says


At the Fraud and Compliance Forum in Baltimore, Maryland on October 1st, 2012, Gregory Demske, the chief counsel to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG), spoke to conference attendees about the OIG’s recent activities.  In particular, Demske informed the attendees of the following “Upcoming OIG Outreach” activities to expect in the coming year:

Publication of a Compliance Roundtable Report, reflecting the discussion that the OIG had in August with select organizations regarding Corporate Integrity Agreements

Updated Exclusions Bulletin incorporating more specific guidance to providers such as the types of job categories that providers should screen, how to deal with vendors and how to search the OIG Excluded Persons database

Updated self-disclosure protocol

OIG Outlook videos addressing the 2013 OIG Work Plan

Demske also emphasized to attendees the increased enforcement authority provided by the Affordable Care Act and informed attendees that the total dollar amount in recoveries from the OIG’s healthcare fraud enforcement activities will be larger in 2012 than in 2011, when it totaled $4Billion.