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OIG Solicits Recommendations for New Safe Harbors and Special Fraud Alerts.

Jennifer Kirchner | January 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a notice calling for recommendations for new safe harbor provisions to the Anti-Kickback Statute and suggestions for developing special fraud alerts from the public.  Section 205 of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requires the OIG to publish an annual notice to solicit public proposals for the new safe harbors and special fraud alert suggestions.  The OIG urges individuals submitting suggestions to include detailed explanations of justifications for, or empirical data supporting, their recommendations.

The OIG will accept comments from the public on new safe harbor and special fraud alert suggestions through February 25, 2014.  

The OIG notice soliciting recommendations for new safe harbors and special fraud alerts is available at:

Solicitation of New Safe Harbors and Special Fraud Alerts, 78 Fed. Reg. 249, 78807, 78808 (Dec. 27, 2013). 

About the Author

Jennifer Kirchner is a licensed attorney in Illinois and Wisconsin. Ms. Kirchner has expertise in assessing provider compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, the False Claims Act, HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and clinical research laws and regulations.