The report makes clear, he explained, how much coordination and review there is now among the Office of Inspector General at HHS, See more +
The report makes clear, he explained, how much coordination and review there is now between the Office of Inspector General at HHS, the US Department of Justice and also CMS. As a result, a subpoena, or even an inquiry needs to be taken very seriously. Compliance teams need to treat these external actions as if they are a report of non-compliant activity.
The report also reveals that there has been an increase in cases based on failures of organizations to appropriately collect copays. Some organizations have taken egregious activities that could be characterized as ignoring the obligation. In other cases the provider has made what it considers to be a reasonable effort to collect the payment – asking at the time of service, sending follow up letters – others think that more could be done such as calling patients and setting up a payment plan. With no clear definition of what’s reasonable, the potential for a whistleblower case is high.
The report also illuminates the challenges of Stark and Antikickback cases. In his opinion these cases make it clear that if you are looking at a circumstance where on the one hand there is a potential source of business and on the other hand a potential source of revenue, and there is a financial relationship between the two, it it is best to bring in competent outside counsel to determine if there may be a violation of these highly complex laws.
Kickback cases are very popular with qui tam attorneys, he notes, because of the difficulty in defending them completely.
Looking to the future, Gabe sees a large number of Covid-related fraud cases that will likely take years to play out.
Listen in to learn more, and be sure to read the report. See less –