How certain are you that none of your staff members have recently been excluded from Federal Healthcare Programs? This is a question that many healthcare executives and CEOs need to be asking themselves.
Recent healthcare reform has expanded permissive exclusion authorities, and many are predicted the heaviest exclusion rates in decades in the upcoming years. both Health and Human Services and the Office of Inspector General are actively reviewing providers to see if they have been excluded, and if one of these individuals is a member of your staff, you could pay hefty fines. According to a recent online article “HHS-OIG announced that it had assessed significant civil monetary penalties against a healthcare provider that employed seven individuals who the provider ‘knew or should have known’ had been excluded from participation in Federal health care programs. These individuals were alleged to have furnished items and services for which the provider was paid by Federal health care programs.”