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ON THE ENFORCEMENT RADAR: THE 2012 OIG WORK PLAN

The Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) released its Work Plan for fiscal year 2012.  At the beginning of each fiscal year, the OIG issues its annual Work Plan, which describes current audit, enforcement and evaluation activities and those the agency plans to initiate in the upcoming year.  The Work Plan also provides a general view of the OIG’s investigative, enforcement and compliance activities.  Basically, the Work Plan informs health care providers what is on the OIG’s enforcement radar in the coming year.  Physicians should know what areas that the OIG is concerned about and review their own practices to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.  The following are some of the highlights from the FY 2012 Work Plan. More >

Courier Journal publishes online prescription database

The Courier Journal recently published an online database allowing the public to search, by prescriber last name or zip code, the number of prescriptions Kentucky doctors and other prescribers wrote between 2001 and 2011 for seven commonly-abused drugs: alprazolam, diazepam, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, oxycodone and hydrocodone. The newspaper accessed information from Kentucky’s Department for Medicaid Services via the Open Records Law, so the database is limited to Medicaid claims data. As Senator Grassley (R-IA) and other senators raise concerns that over-prescribing may constitute fraud and abuse, it is important for Kentucky physicians and prescribers to comply with compliance plans, state and federal laws, as well as Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure guidelines. More >

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