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Quality of care is top priority in 2009

Strategies for Health Care Compliance, January 1, 2009

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The OIG sent a very clear message with the 2009 Work Plan: Quality of care is a top priority.

Primary concerns in the work plan include the OIG’s interest in oversight of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1986 (EMTALA), never events, and hospital ownership of physician practices, says James A. Kopf, former director of program investigation at the OIG and president of Healthcare Oversight in New Canaan, CT.

The OIG’s plan to review the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program is also significant, Kopf says.

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