Corporate Compliance

House passes Medicare anti-fraud bill

Compliance Monitor, September 29, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that expands the authority of the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) to allow it to ban corporate executives from doing business with Medicare if their companies were convicted of fraud, according to a press release from Fortney Stark (D-CA).

The legislation gives the OIG authority to close two gaps that exist in efforts to root out Medicare fraud. The OIG would be able to:

  • Exclude from the Medicare program executives who work for companies that are convicted of fraud, even if the executives leave the company by the time of conviction.
  • Exclude parent companies that may be committing fraud through shell companies
The Senate received the bill September 23 and referred it to the Committee on Finance.

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