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CMS Seeks Comments on DNV-GL’s Hospital Accreditation Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a notice with request for comment regarding DNV-GL Healthcare’s (“DNV-GL”) submission of an application and request for continued recognition as a national accreditation organization for hospitals participating in Medicare or Medicaid.  DNV-GL’s current approval for its hospital accreditation program expires September 26, 2018.  As part of its review and evaluation of DNV-GL’s request for continued recognition, CMS is seeking public comment on whether DNV-GL’s hospital accreditation program requirements meet or exceed the Medicare Conditions of Participation for hospitals.  CMS is accepting comments through May 17, 2018.

OIG Launches Fraud and Abuse Compliance Resource Portal

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) launched a new Compliance Resource Portal.  This online portal is designed to help the public stay in compliance with federal health care fraud and abuse laws by providing links to materials that explain certain aspects of these laws.  Some of the materials available through this portal include provider compliance training resources; toolkits; resources for physicians and health care boards; OIG Advisory Opinions; voluntary compliance and exclusion resources; special fraud alerts; special advisory bulletins; and safe harbor regulations.

OIG Releases Work Plan Updates

The OIG also posted the April updates to its Work Plan.  The OIG Work Plan summarizes new, ongoing, and revised areas of review that the OIG plans to pursue.  Since June 2017, the OIG has been updating its Work Plan monthly in order to enhance the transparency of its continuous work-planning efforts.  Updates for April 2018 include reviews of hospitals’ reliance on drug compounding facilities, the impact of price substitutions based on 2016 average sales prices on Medicare Part B drug payments, and CMS’s Medicare overpayment recoveries related to OIG audit report recommendations.

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