OIG Issues Supplemental Compliance Program Guidance for Nursing Facilities

December 19, 2008 Advisory

On September 30, 2008, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General ("OIG") published Supplemental Compliance Program Guidance for Nursing Facilities ("CPG"). The CPG is available on the OIG's web site at http://www.oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/complianceguidance/nhg_fr.pdf.
In the CPG, the OIG details fraud and abuse risks that nursing home compliance programs should address. The CPG also offers recommendations for the establishment of a proper ethical and compliance culture, for the assessment of the effectiveness of compliance programs, and for proper self-reporting protocols. We recommend that all nursing facilities review the CPG and use it to measure and evaluate existing compliance programs. To assist in that effort, this Advisory discusses the evolution of the CPG, summarizes its contents, and provides a list of suggested action items for consideration.
 

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