Exclusion News

The New “Seventh Element” of Compliance: Screening and Evaluating Employee Suitability!

The recently issued Resource Guide for Measuring Compliance Program Effectiveness, reconfigures the traditional formulation of the “Seven Elements of an Effective Compliance Program by making the “Screening and Evaluation of Employees, Physicians, Vendors and other Agents” an element unto itself – or the new “Seventh Element of Compliance!” The Resource Guide, a product of roundtable discussions… more>>

Home Health Final Rule Extends Exclusion Screening Obligation: Failure to Screen Could Result in Termination from Medicare

By Paul Weidenfeld and Catalina Jandorf The new Final Rule issued by CMS revising the conditions of participation for home health agencies (HHAs) requires that providers “must ensure” that agencies providing services under arrangement have not been excluded from Medicare, Medicaid or any other federal health care program.  Effective July 17, 2017, the rule also states that… more>>

Pharmacies Targeted for Exclusion Violations by OIG and States

By Catalina Jandorf In what appears to be a growing enforcement trend, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS/OIG) and State Medicaid Fraud Units are aggressively pursuing pharmacy retailers for exclusion violations.  In recent investigations, pharmacies are being targeted for failing to screen prescribers as well as employing pharmacists who have been… more>>

Excluded Dentist Pays Record $1.1 Million and Agrees to 50 Year Exclusion

Exclusion Violation by Dentist "Sends a Strong Warning" February 1, 2017 By Paul Weidenfeld The Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) announced last week that it had reached a settlement in excess of a million dollars with an excluded dentist for violations of the provisions of the regulations denying participation in federal health care programs… more>>

DOJ Announces $4.7B in FCA Recoveries: What Does It Mean?

DOJ Announces $4.7 billion in False Claims Act Recoveries By Paul Weidenfeld December 16, 2016 The "Third Best Year" in False Claims Act History? The Department of Justice announced earlier this week that FY 2016 was its third best year in “False Claims Act History” with recoveries of more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments.… more>>

OIG Imposes Record Penalties for Exclusion Violations

OIG Imposes Record $21.5 Million in Penalties for Exclusion Violations! The OIG imposed a record $21.5 million civil money penalties and restitution against an Ohio corporation that operates pharmacies and supermarkets in 34 states for exclusion violations involving the employment of excluded individuals and fulfilling prescriptions by excluded prescribers! The settlement alleged that the company filled… more>>

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