IRO Claims Reviews Revisited
Healthcare entities that enter into corporate integrity agreements (CIAs) or integrity agreements (IAs) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) typically have various corporate integrity obligations. These obligations often mandate the engagement of an Independent Review Organization (IRO) and in some cases also a compliance expert to the Board. The IROs most often must conduct either claims reviews or arrangements reviews, or both. IROs must be professionally independent and objective and follow the most recent Government Auditing Standards issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAGAS or Yellow Book standards).