Category: Fraud and Abuse

Final Rule Issued by CMS re: New Enforcement Authorities to Reduce Criminal Behavior in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued late last week a final rule with comment period titled, Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process (CMS-6058-FC) (Final Rule). The Final Rule is intended to proactively prevent fraud and abuse against the Federal health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid […]

OIG Provides Strong Rebuke of Pharmaceutical Free Drug Program

On November 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued Advisory Opinion No. 18-14 regarding a proposed free drug program (“Proposed Arrangement”). Under the Proposed Arrangement, a pharmaceutical manufacturer (“Manufacturer”) will give free drug product (“Drug”) to hospitals for inpatient use to […]

OIG Advisory Opinion Permits Refunding Device Purchase Price Under Limited Conditions

On September 17, 2018, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued Advisory Opinion No. 18-10 regarding a proposed arrangement in which a surgical device and wound care product manufacturer (“Manufacturer”) will offer its hospital customers (“Customer”) who purchase the following three products for use in a joint replacement surgery: (i) […]

OIG Seeks Comments to Anti-Kickback Statute and Beneficiary Inducements CMP Related to ‘Patient Centered Care’

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published today a request for information (RFI) seeking ways in which it might modify or add new safe harbors to the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and exceptions to the definition of “remuneration” in the beneficiary inducement provision of the Civil […]

CMS Requests Information Regarding The Stark Law’s Potential Barriers to Coordinated Care

On June 25, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a Request for Information (“RFI”) in the Federal Register regarding section 1877 of the Social Security Act, also known as the “physician self-referral law” or the “Stark Law”. The Stark Law is a strict liability statute that: […]

OIG Advisory Opinion Approves Ostomy Supply Distributor to Provide Free Product Samples

On Monday, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion No. 18-02 regarding an arrangement in which the Requestor who distributes and sells, but does not manufacture, certain ostomy products (Products) provides a limited number of free Product samples to patients and contracts with a third party (Contractor) to […]

OIG Permits Drug Companies To Provide Free Medications in Limited Circumstances to Patients for 2018 Following Advisory Opinion Rescission

As we discussed last month, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) rescinded Advisory Opinion 06-04 (Opinion 06-04), provided to a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable patient assistance program (PAP) because it determined that the PAP failed to fully, completely and accurately disclose all relevant and material facts to the OIG and failed […]