Over the years, the Office of Inspector General has been warning physicians and the healthcare community of its intent to decrease healthcare costs by reducing fraud and abuse. By hiring additional attorneys, creating a litigation team dedicated to civil monetary penalties and exclusions, and using technology to analyze Medicare billing data, the federal government has an easier way to identify fraud and abuse and increased resources to enforce the laws more efficiently. Physicians need to protect themselves from this increased scrutiny.
In this article, recently published in Bloomberg BNA Health Care Fraud Report, Squire Patton Boggs principal Robert D. Nauman, of counsel Thomas E. Zeno and associate Bryna S. Hummel discuss recent events and provide practice tips for physicians.
The article reprint appears courtesy of Bloomberg BNA.