Bill would expand civil monetary penalties related to HHS

The newest version of the House's 21st Century Cures bill would expand civil monetary penalties to cover false claims related to contracts and grants funded by Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other programs within the Department of Health and Human Services.

The bill would authorize the HHS Office of Inspector General to impose CMPs on individuals or entities that knowingly submitted false claims, up to $10,000 for each claim. The expansion also would cover false statements made on applications or proposals for HHS-funded grants or contracts, up to $50,000 in CMPs for each false statement.

Additional monetary penalties outlined in the bill include no more than $50,000 for each false statement associated with a false claim, no more than $50,000 for each knowingly made false statement associated with an obligation to pay or transmit funds and no more than $15,000 for each day an individual or entity fails to allow HHS OIG access to audit or investigate false claims.

The 21st Century Cures bill as a whole is meant to increase research funding and expedite the delivery of new medical treatments. The bill is set to be considered by the House Rules Committee on Wednesday (July 8).