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Webinar Preview: Analyzing 2018 Anti-Kickback Compliance Settlements Involving Real Estate Arrangements

[09/18/19]

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) often release information about compliance settlements under the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”), including both the settlement value and the subject arrangement. The most recent data from 2018 shows several of these settlements arose from real estate arrangements and some involved millions of dollars... READ MORE

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A New Option for Grant Noncompliance: OIG Releases Grantee Self-Disclosure Program

[08/16/19]

Posted on August 16, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On July 11, 2019, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released the new Grant Self-Disclosure Program Guidance (“Grant Guidance”) for HHS grant recipients and subrecipients. Through the Grant Guidance, OIG provides new self-reporting options for HHS grant recipients and subrecipients who determine that they... READ MORE

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Medicare Paid Twice for Ambulance Services Subject to SNF Consolidated Billing

[04/19/19]

Posted on April 19, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Summary In a February 2019 report, No. A-01-17-00506, HHS Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) determined that Medicare made Part B payments to ambulance suppliers for transportation services that were covered through the Medicare Part A payments to skilled nursing facilities (“SNF”) as part of consolidated billing requirements. With certain exceptions, the SNF Part... READ MORE

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Digital Medicine: OIG Approves Arrangement to Provide Smartphones to Patients

[02/15/19]

Posted on February 15, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 29, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published Advisory Opinion 19-02, which approved an arrangement allowing a pharmaceutical manufacturer to loan smartphones to financially needy patients in order to assist with medication adherence. OIG stated that it would not impose sanctions against the parties for... READ MORE

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Expect Active Follow-Ups: OIG Finds State Survey Agencies Are Not Verifying Facilities’ Corrections of Deficiencies

[02/13/19]

Posted on February 13, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On February 7, 2019, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report titled CMS Guidance to State Survey Agencies on Verifying Correction of Deficiencies Needs to Be Improved to Help Ensure the Health and Safety of Nursing Home Residents (“Report”). The Report found that... READ MORE

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Affordable Health Care: Patients’ Co-Pays Waived by Charitable Pediatric Clinic

[02/12/19]

Posted on February 12, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a favorable advisory opinion, Advisory Opinion 19-01, concerning a charitable pediatric clinic (the “Clinic”)’s arrangement under which the Clinic waives cost-sharing amounts for a small percentage of TRICARE and Medicare beneficiaries not covered by a state insurance program (the “Arrangement”). After... READ MORE

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Discount Disruption: PBM Rebate Protection May Be Removed, New Safe Harbors Combat Increasing Drug Costs

[02/01/19]

Posted on February 1, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 31, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a proposed rule that, if finalized, would eliminate Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) safe harbor protection for prescription drug rebates paid by manufacturers to pharmacy benefit managers (“PBMs”), Medicare Part D plans and Medicaid managed care organizations (“Proposed Rule”).... READ MORE

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Hospital Wage Index Reform Deja Vu? OIG Releases Report on Vulnerabilities of Wage Index System, Recommends Overhaul of System

[11/30/18]

Posted on November 30, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 21, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released a report (“Report”) outlining what it believes are multiple deficiencies in the Medicare wage index system. OIG recommended several changes, including revisiting the possibility of comprehensive reform and seeking authority to penalize hospitals that submit inaccurate wage... READ MORE

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OIG Approves Risk-Sharing Arrangement Furthering Shift Toward Value-Based Purchasing

[09/19/18]

Posted on September 19, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In the era of value-based care, health care providers and manufacturers are increasingly examining risk sharing opportunities in the treatment of patients. On September 17, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published Advisory Opinion 18-10 whereby it approved a proposed risk sharing initiative with defined guardrails. Advisory Opinion... READ MORE

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OIG Requests Information from Stakeholders to Expand Anti-Kickback Statute and Civil Monetary Penalty Safe Harbors

[09/14/18]

Posted on September 14, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On August 27, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published a Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) and Civil Monetary Penalties Law (“CMP”). The RFI, published as a result of HHS’s desire to transition the current health care system to one that pays... READ MORE

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