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OIG Solicits Comments to Revise Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol

Richard P. Kusserow | June 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a notice seeking public comments on the Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol (SDP). OIG intends to use the public’s comments and recommendations to update and improve the current protocol available to providers.

The SDP was established in 1998 and offers providers a mechanism to report potential fraud in federal health care programs.  Providers that disclose potential fraud through the SDP may be able to reduce or resolve their liability under the Civil Monetary Penalty Law.  Since 1998, the OIG has recovered over $280 million in recoveries for federal health care programs through the SDP.

OIG will accept comments until August 17, 2012.

The OIG solicitation notice can be accessed here:

Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General; Solicitation of Information and Recommendations for Revising OIG’s Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol, 77 Fed. Reg. 117, 36281, 36281.  (June 18, 2012).

About the Author

Richard P. Kusserow established Strategic Management Services, LLC, after retiring from being the DHHS Inspector General, and has assisted over 3,000 health care organizations and entities in developing, implementing and assessing compliance programs.