OIG plans civil monetary penalties crackdown

The government will continue ramped-up efforts against healthcare fraud cases that involve program exclusions and civil monetary penalties, officials shared on Monday.

The Office of Inspector General increased the number of CMP-related fraud cases investigated during the past fiscal year, OIG Chief Counsel Gregory Demske said during a talk for the Health Care Compliance Association. The OIG resolved 110 exclusion and CMP fraud cases in the past year, Demske said.

Demske predicted the trend will continue, especially with OIG's recent addition of a litigation team to handle Medicare and Medicaid fraud cases.

The OIG also will show a renewed focus on holding individuals responsible for fraud cases, rather than settling with corporations, Demske said according to a report in Bloomberg BNA. The policy of holding individuals accountable was introduced in September.