Entries from HEALTH LAW SECTION BLOG tagged with 'OIG'

Study of Medicare Patients Finds Most Hospital Errors Unreported - NYTimes.com

Hospital adverse events are woefully underreported, if a new inspector general report covered in today's New York Times is to be believed: Hospital employees recognize and report only one out of seven errors, accidents and other events that harm Medicare...

OIG Finds CMS Oversight of HIPAA Security "Ineffective"

CMS is responsible for oversight of the "security" provisions of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA"). The HHS Office of Inspector General ("OIG") recently reviewed CMS' enforcement activity. In a nutshell: [OIG] found that the Centers for...

OIG Audit of MR Services

The OIG just issued a report on Provider Relationship and the Use of Magnetic Resonance Under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. This study focuses on the provision of the technical component of MR services. It presents data about all MR...

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion on Physician Investment in an ASC

The OIG posted a new advisory opinion regarding investment in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) by surgeons and a hospital corporation. The proposed 70/30 physician/hospital joint venture does not meet the ASC safe harbor because ((1) the surgeons are investing...

OIG Self-Disclosure Protocol

Daniel R. Levinson, the HHS Inspector General, has posted an open letter to health care providers regarding the self-disclosure protocol. The letter discusses what needs to be in the initial submission, stresses the need to respond quickly to OIG requests...

OIG Takes Aim at Docs

Today's New York Times online reports: A long-running federal investigation into the orthopedic device industry's suspected kickback payments to hip and knee surgeons now has the doctors in the spotlight. Having reached settlements with the five leading makers of artificial...

OIG Approves New York State False Claims Act

In a letter dated August 7, 2007, the Office of the Inspector notified New York's Attorney General Andrew Cuomo that the New York False Claims Act meets the requirements of Section 6031(b) of the Deficit Reduction Act. This means that...

OIG Plays 42 Questions With First HIPAA Security Audit

An article published yesterday on the Computerworld website discusses the first known HIPAA security audit. In March, Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital became the first institution in the country to be audited for compliance with the security rules of the Health Insurance...

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