OIG Releases Health Care Provider Compliance Videos
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) today released the first of 11 short video and audio presentations on compliance topics to help health care providers follow government regulations.
The newest step in OIG’s award-winning Provider Compliance Training initiative, these free videos and audio podcasts — averaging about four minutes each — cover major health care fraud and abuse laws, the basics of health care compliance programs, and what to do when a compliance issue arises.
“We know that the overwhelming majority of health care providers are working hard to comply with Federal laws and regulations,” said Daniel R. Levinson, HHS Inspector General. “These videos are designed to guide them.”
These educational presentations will be posted on the OIG website at the start of each week over the next 3 months (with no release the week of Dec. 26).
Today’s video and audio podcast discusses OIG exclusion authorities, which are the legal means by which OIG may bar people or entities from participating as providers in all federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. Future presentations will cover the federal anti-kickback statute, the False Claims Act, the Physician Self-Referral Law, OIG guidance and resources, compliance program basics and other topics.
“These presentations provide an overview of the importance of promoting a culture of prevention, detection, and resolution of compliance problems,” said Lewis Morris, Chief Counsel to the Inspector General.
A new OIG provider compliance “widget,” also released today, can be embedded in non-OIG websites, allowing easier access to OIG provider compliance materials. The widget contains a hyperlink to the OIG Provider Compliance Training Web page.
OIG will tweet about the Provider Compliance Training videos and audio podcasts as they are released using the hashtag #OIGcompliance.
OIG hosted free, in-depth compliance sessions — sponsored by the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) — in spring 2011 in six cities across the country. About 700 people attended. OIG also reached an audience of thousands of Webcast participants via the Internet. The Provider Compliance Training Initiative won a 2011 Excellence Award from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, which represents the federal Inspector General community.
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SOURCE Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General