OIG Is Serious About Capturing Healthcare Fugitives

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OIG Is Serious About Capturing Healthcare Fugitives

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) not only publicly lists excluded healthcare criminals from federal payment, it makes it easier to spot fugitives.
You’re probably familiar with the List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) as a great way to see if your current or potential employees have wronged government insurance carriers, and have been excluded from provider funding. You may not know, however, that the OIG took criminal shaming one step further to ensure federal funding does not go to healthcare employees who are guilty of fraud, waste, and abuse, and to protect patients from convicted criminals.
Launched in February 2011, the “OIG Most Wanted Fugitives” list displays the photos of more than 170 fugitives who have charges related to healthcare fraud and abuse. Along with the fugitive’s photo, there is a complete profile of their crimes and a button where you can “REPORT” their whereabouts to OIG via a form, or by calling toll free. You can also view a list of captured fugitives.
If you think you know someone on the list, report it immediately.

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Michelle A. Dick, BS, is a freelance content specialist, providing writing, editorial expertise, and graphic imagery to clients. Prior to becoming a free agent, she was an executive editor for AAPC, editor-in-chief at Eli Research, and editor at Element K Journals. After earning a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo State, Dick entered the publishing industry as a graphic artist, ad coordinator, and web designer for White Directory Publishers, Inc.

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