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COVID-19: K&L Gates Triage: OIG Updates Work Plan to Include Audits of COVID-19 Related Reimbursement and CARES Act Funding [PODCAST]

In this week’s episode, Matt Hubbell and Stephen Bittinger discuss the addition of two new items to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) work plan: auditing of COVID-19 related reimbursement during the public health emergency, and auditing of CARES Act provider relief funds. The presenters discuss the ways in which OIG is likely to scrutinize the use of CARES Act and other funding received by health care providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and how providers should prepare for OIG inquiries.

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Matthew Hubbell White Collar Defense Attorney KL Gates
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Matthew Hubbell is a partner in the firm’s Charleston office, where he focuses on white collar criminal defense and False Claims Act litigation. Matthew began his legal career in 1991 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina, where he gained extensive experience prosecuting complex white collar cases. He subsequently entered private practice in his own firm, where for 17 years his clients included local and global companies, various health care providers, defense contractors, and numerous CEOs in complex white collar and False Claims Act matters. With many...

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Stephen Bittinger Healthcare Lawyer KL Gates Law Firm Charleston
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Stephen Bittinger is a partner in the firm’s Charleston office. He is a member of the health care/FDA practice group. Mr. Bittinger focuses his practice on health care reimbursement compliance, defense and litigation, with a focus on government and private payer disputes on behalf of providers, vendors, and manufacturers involved in the United States health care system. He has extensive experience representing large provider groups, home health agencies, medical facilities, ancillary service providers, medical labs, revenue cycle management companies, and drug and device manufacturers in matters including Medicare and Medicaid audits, private payer audits, federal regulatory termination and exclusion proceedings, False Claims Act prosecutions, and health care revenue issues. In addition, he has experience advising clients on defending and appealing audits by Recovery Audit Contractors, Zone Program Integrity Contractors, and Unified Program Integrity Contractors and has worked collaboratively with government regulators and health care provider associations across the United States. Bittinger has represented many providers and vendors with federal agency matters in Washington, D.C., including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Program Integrity (CPI), the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), and Health Care Fraud division of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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