OIG Shares Key Insights On When Owners, Officers & Managers Face OIG Program Exclusion Based On Health Care Entity Misconduct

The Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) this morning (October 21, 2010) posted to its website key guidance about when OIG will exercise its authority under the permissive exclusion rules of Social Security Act (Act) § 1128(b)(15)(A)(ii) to exclude from Federal health program participation owners, officers or managing employees of health care organizations based on their role, involvement or ownership interest in a health industry company convicted of certain offenses or excluded from Federal health program participation.

The Guidance For Implementing Permissive Exclusion of Authority under Section 1128(b)(15) of the Social Security Act (Guidance) provides valuable insights for health care organizations, their owners, officers and managers about how OIG expects them to act and the evidence that OIG likely will require should OIG bring an OIG exclusion action against them personally following the conviction or OIG exclusion of their health care organization for misconduct. To position themselves to survive OIG or related exclusion or prosecution, health care organizations and their owners, officers and management use the Guidance as a guide to help strengthen the defensibility of their daily actions against potential OIG scrutiny and consider the advisability of updating their personal and organizational practices, policies and leadership training in response to this Guidance.

The Guidance discusses the guiding principles and core factors and presumptions that OIG generally will apply to decide if the OIG will should exclude an individual from Federal health program participation based on the involvement of the individual as an owner, officer or manager of company that has been excluded from Federal program participation or convicted of certain health care crimes.. Because these OIG has identified these factors as core considerations in its exclusion analysis, the Guidance provides invaluable guidance for health care entities, their owners, officers and management employees about opportunities position their conduct for defensibility against OIG enforcement exposures.  Consequently, owners, officers and managers alike concerned about their exposure to Federal program exclusion or other personal liability under Federal health care fraud laws should use the Guidance to help strengthen their ability to avoid personal exclusion or other prosecution by the OIG as a result of their involvement with a health care organization excluded from Federal program participation or convicted of other crimes.  For a more detailed discussion of the Guidance, see here  

For More Information or Assistance

If you need assistance evaluating or responding to this development of other health care compliance, risk management, transactional, operational, reimbursement, enforcement or public policy concerns, please contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (469) 767-8872, cstamer@Solutionslawyer.net.

Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience advising health industry clients about these and other matters. A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry concerns, Ms. Stamer continuously advises health industry clients about compliance and internal controls, workforce and medical staff performance, quality, governance, reimbursement, and other risk management and operational matters. Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry regulatory, staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, technology, public policy, reimbursement and other operations and risk management concerns. Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications. For additional information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here.

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