OIG issues fraud self-disclosure info online


The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced Monday it has posted a video and audio podcast on the agency's self disclosure protocol, the most recent of its video and audio presentations on top healthcare compliance topics.

The new video and audio podcast shows how to disclose and resolve potential fraud issues identified by an organization's compliance program by using OIG’s Self-Disclosure Protocol. 

The newest step in OIG's provider compliance training initiative, the free videos and audio podcasts – averaging about four minutes each – cover major healthcare fraud and abuse laws, the basics of healthcare compliance programs, and what to do when a compliance issue arises.

"We know that the overwhelming majority of healthcare providers are working hard to comply with federal laws and regulations," said Daniel R. Levinson, HHS Inspector General. "These videos are designed to guide them in further enhancing their compliance efforts."

The protocol videos and audio podcasts will continue to be released at the beginning of each week over a three-month period, OIG officials said.

The OIG has also made a new compliance training widget available for healthcare providers to add to their website or Facebook page. According to OIG, the compliance training widget is "a sleek graphical image" containing a hyperlink that can be posted to non-OIG websites, allowing visitors easy access to OIG’s provider compliance training materials. 

The OIG encourages Twitter users to use the hashtag #OIGCompliance when tweeting about the new protocoal information online. 

OIG officials said they are also continually updating online the corporate integrity agreement list and enforcement actions. 

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