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In its latest Medicaid Integrity Program Report, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) outlines Medicaid program integrity activities for FY 2011, including Medicaid-related audits and evaluations and Medicaid-related legal and investigative outcomes. Funding was employed in 2011 to oversee the integrity of Medicaid activity from the Health Care Fraud...
Prescription drug spending rose by $135 billion between 2001 and 2010 to comprise approximately 12 percent of the nation’s overall healthcare outlay. While drug expenditure was one of the fastest growing components of U.S. healthcare spending prior to the early 2000s, generic drugs helped reduce the rate of annual...
Federal and state Medicaid spending currently exceeds $460 billion and, with this, accountability is necessary on all levels. To ensure Medicaid program integrity: Consistent incentives must be offered for better health outcomes. Services must be used appropriately. The program must be monitored on an ongoing basis. Programs must be managed efficiently. In an excellent new...
Comprehensive compliance programs are essential for all hospitals, health systems, physician practices, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid health plans, Medicare prescription drug plans, drug manufacturers, medical device makers, long-term care providers, and others doing business with Medicare, Medicaid, or other government health programs. To help prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and...
With an array of payment reforms, quality and safety requirements, massive expansion of Medicaid, and creation of the new State Health Benefit Exchange marketplace, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) presents extraordinary new challenges for compliance, especially for health plans, physicians, hospitals and health systems, and drug and device manufacturers. In...
Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs, especially new brand-named drugs, remains controversial.  Some in Congress remain eager to prohibit advertising of brand-name prescription drugs to consumers in the first two years following a drug’s approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Is this a good idea or is it...
Nearly every State has a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) to investigate and prosecute cases of Medicaid fraud and patient abuse and neglect.  MFCUs are a key part of an array of federal and state agencies combating healthcare fraud and abuse, including State Medicaid agencies, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG),...
Medicare and Medicaid program integrity efforts – coupled with complex coding and claiming procedures, ever-increasing program requirements, new payment methods, and the growing market share of taxpayer-funded programs – present significant compliance challenges for health plans, hospitals, physicians, pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, medical device makers, and other providers and suppliers. The...

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