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OIG Audit and Legal Action Recoveries Expected to Net $3.4 Billion

On June 1, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”), Department of Health & Human Services (“HHS”) announced expected recoveries of $3.4 billion from its legal actions (including investigations and other reviews, totaling about $3.2 billion) and audits (approximately $222 million). Most of the OIG reviews concerned Medicare and Medicaid. The majority of these potential receivables come from fines, restitutions, penalties, settlements, and other assessments. The announcement came in connection with OIG’s Semiannual Report to Congress (October 2010 through March 2011). During the six month period, OIG also excluded 883 individuals and entities from federal health care program participation.

For more information on how to avoid governmental scrutiny, please contact Robert S. Iwrey, Esq., and for information on compliance you may contact Abby Pendleton, Esq., both at (248) 996-8510 or (212) 734-0128, or visit the HLP website.

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