US DOJ Sets New Record for Fraud and False Claims Recoveries in FY2014

As 2014 comes to a close, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has many reasons to celebrate as it reflects on the year that was. In FY2014, the DOJ recovered $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments resulting from civil fraud and false claims cases, with $2.3 billion in health care fraud recoveries alone. This […]

The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) Posts 2014 Compliance Program Certification Information and Forms

It’s that time of year again when Medicaid providers who are required to have an effective Medicaid Compliance Plan have to so certify to the OMIG. The on-line certification can only be done during the month of December. 2014 Compliance Program Certification information and forms for the December 2014 certification period are now posted on […]

CONFIRMED The Guard is Changing: James Cox is Leaving OMIG’s Top Spot

Earlier this week, we blogged about postings found on job-search sites Monster.com and indeed.com advertising that New York State is now accepting applications for the Medicaid Inspector General, the head of the state agency charged with combating fraud, waste, and abuse in the State’s Medicaid program.

The Changing of the Guard? The Search for a New Medicaid Inspector General

It appears that Governor Cuomo’s office is looking to replace New York State Medicaid Inspector General James C. Cox. An internet posting seeking applications for the position of the Medicaid Inspector General (MIG) was seen on Monster.com and also indeed.com.

The Federal Government Adds an Additional $23 Million to New York State’s Medicaid Bill

As far as the Federal government is concerned, it appears that New York is running up quite a bill in claimed overpayments to its Medicaid program.  After finding the State liable for nearly $1.26 billion in overpayments related to intermediate care facilities operated by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (“OPWDD”), the United States […]

The OMIG Releases Annual Report for 2013: A Year of Record Recoveries

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has released its 2013 Annual Report (“Report”). The OMIG announced that it has recovered a record $879 million in Medicaid overbillings for 2013.  More than $226 million of Medicaid overbillings were identified through audit activities. According to the Report, over the last three years, […]

Who’s Looking Out for Patients? OIG Recommends more CMS Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care Programs

Office of the Inspector General of the federal Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) has issued a report that suggests that most states that offer Medicaid through Managed Care Organizations (“MCOs”) have widely-variable and possibly inadequate oversight of the organizations providing care to Medicaid beneficiaries.  Given OIG’s findings, beneficiaries, providers, and Medicaid MCOs should […]

CMS Audit of OPWDD ICFs Seeks Recovery of $1.26 Billion from New York State

New York State is appealing to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) for reconsideration of a July 25, 2014 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) final audit report that found the State liable for $1,257,499,670 in federal Medicaid overpayments.  In its letter to the State, CMS indicated […]

NYC HRA Sued under False Claims Act by Whistleblower; Settles with US DOJ for $1.05 Million

According to United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, the City of New York (NYC) has agreed to pay the United States Department of Justice (US DOJ) $1.05 million to settle allegations that the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) violated the federal False Claims Act by causing various managed care organizations (MCOs) to provide Medicaid coverage […]