OIG Enforcement Actions

Significant Recent Trends in Exclusion Case Settlements

By Catalina Jandorf The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has recently entered into a number of exclusion case settlements tied to skilled nursing facilities and hospitals.  Additionally, there have been several recent investigations targeted towards physician practices.  A rising number of these cases with sizable settlement recoveries highlight an emerging trend to be on the lookout… 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>>

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>>

OIG Issues Updated Criteria for Implementing Its Permissive Exclusion Authority

On April 18, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued updated criteria for assessing and evaluating the imposition of permissive exclusions under Section 1128(b)(7) of the Social Security Act. The update replaces the 1997 Federal Register notice and demonstrates the OIG’s ongoing interest in the implementation and enforcement… more>>

Pennsylvania Judge Holds that CIA violations May Result in FCA Liability

  In late July, a federal district court in Pennsylvania joined in the flurry of False Claims Act (FCA) decisions. These decisions further interpreted the ACA’s amendments to the law. The court in United States ex rel. Boise v. Cephalon, Inc. considered two important issues. The issues regarded when a party has an obligation to pay… more>>

Review of February, 2014 Exclusion Cases: Focus on Nursing Homes Remains High and the Cost of Violations Rise

I. OIG Targets Nursing Homes Last year almost half of the exclusion violation matters reported by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) involved nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. This trend is continuing. Last month, the OIG reported five new cases on its website. Three of the five involved nursing homes. A fourth involved a non-profit school… more>>

OIG Trumpets Exclusions, New Actions and Recoveries in its Semi-Annual Report to Congress

I.  OIG Report In the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) semiannual report to Congress, it claimed credit for excluding 2,297 individuals and entities from Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federal health care programs. The OIG also claimed credit for initiating 506 criminal and 267 civil actions. According to the OIG report, most of the exclusions resulted from convictions for crimes… more>>

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