OIG seeks public comment on Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol

The Office of Inspector General has asked for public comment on its plan to update the Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol.

According to a notice posted in the Federal Register, the Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol provides a process for health care providers to disclose potential fraud in federal health care programs. It “provides guidance on how to investigate this conduct, quantify damages and report the conduct to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to resolve the provider’s liability exposure under OIG’s civil money penalty authorities,” according to the notice.

The OIG has resolved more than 800 disclosures resulting in the recovery of more than $280 million during the past 14 years, according to the notice. The deadline for submitting comments is Aug. 17. Comments may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov.

For more information, go to www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-18/pdf/2012-14585.pdf

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