HHS' inspector general's office plans to revise the rules for how healthcare providers can turn themselves in for potential violations of the fraud and anti-kickback laws in order to receive quick settlements.
Since 1998, the inspector general has collected more than $280 million and resolved at least 800 such self-disclosures from physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers, according to a notice scheduled to be published in Monday's Federal Register (PDF). The office also has provided periodic guidance and amendments to the rules along the way.
According to the notice, the office now is seeking public input on changes to the OIG Provider Self Disclosure Protocol.
HHS' inspector general has the power to impose civil monetary penalties for a variety of frauds and offenses, including false claims submitted to government healthcare programs and kickbacks involving hospitals and physicians intended to influence referrals for patients covered by government insurance.