In Audit
Aug 11th, 2011
Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson testified before several U.S. House of Representatives committees about the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG’s) effort to monitor and make recommendations to reduce Medicare improper payments. His comments provide a clue as to which types of services and providers will come under increased OIG scrutiny in the coming months. $50 ...
In Audit
Dec 10th, 2010
Money, free travel, grants, honoraria, and other valuable goods and services sound nice but when they’re offered by drug makers and other vendors to physicians, they’re called illegal kickbacks. Kos Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories, found that out the hard way. The Delaware-based company agreed, Dec. 7, to pay more than $38 million to settle criminal ...
In Audit
Oct 1st, 2010
Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson testified Sept. 22 before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s  Subcommittee on Health about cutting waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. Improper payments and misaligned pay rates, particularly for durable medical equipment (DME), persist, Levinson told the subcommittee. OIG Posts Energy and Commerce DME Testimony was last modified: ...
In Audit
Jun 11th, 2010
Nine hospitals in seven states recently agreed to pay the federal government more than $9.4 million to settle whistleblower allegations that they overcharged Medicare for spinal kyphoplasty procedures, the U.S. Department of Justice announced May 17. Experts say this isn’t the first settlement of this nature, and it won’t be the last. In May and September ...