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HHS OIG Inspector General Announces New Compliance Resource Portal

The Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) kicked off its 22nd Annual Compliance Institute on Monday, April 16, 2018. During the opening remarks, Inspector General Daniel Levinson, of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General Office (OIG), announced the rollout of a new public resource to assist companies in ensuring compliance with Federal health care laws. The Compliance Resource Portal on the OIG’s website features:

  • Toolkits
  • Advisory opinions
  • Provider Compliance Resource and Training
  • Voluntary Compliance and Exclusions Resources
  • Resources for Health Care Boards and Physicians
  • Accountable Care Organizations
  • Special Fraud Alerts, Other Guidance, and Safe Harbors

The main benefit of the portal is that it streamlines public access to helpful compliance guidance resources, and allows for OIG to highlight new materials and updates.  For example, the portal already indicates that a Toolkit to Identify Patients at Risk of Opioid Misuse is “coming soon.”

In addition to announcing the portal, the Inspector General also touched on the dynamic shift in compliance considerations due to changes in the health care industry. Shifts such as the move towards value based care and the increase in role of technology create new risks and issues for providers, which makes user-friendly public access to compliance resources increasingly more important.

The Inspector General also emphasized the OIG’s focus on the “power of data” when it comes to compliance.  Mr. Levinson’s remarks indicated that data-driven decision making is crucial to navigating risk-mitigation waters, and that consequently the OIG places high value on the diligent collection and review of data in the compliance context.

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Ebunola Aniyikaiye, Epstein Becker Law Firm, Washington DC, Health Care Law Attorney
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Ebunola Aniyikaiye is an Associate in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Washington, DC, office of Epstein Becker Green. She will be focusing her practice on such areas as fraud and abuse, health care legislation and policy developments, value-based purchasing and accountable care, and government investigations. 

Ms. Aniyikaiye received her J.D., with a concentration in Health Law, from American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL), where she was an Articles Editor of the...

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Megan Robertson, healthcare lawyer, Epstein Becker
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Megan Robertson is an Associate in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Washington, DC, office of Epstein Becker Green. She will be focusing her practice on health care compliance, managed care, and fraud and abuse issues. 

Ms. Robertson received her J.D., with honors and with a concentration in Health Law, from The George Washington University Law School. While attending law school, she was the Executive Editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and worked as a Certified Student Attorney at the school’s Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic. She also served as a legal policy intern at the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks, where she researched coverage of autism therapies in Federal Employee Health Benefit plans and helped draft comments on the proposed rule for the Medicaid managed care regulations.

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