Increasing Billing Audits and Investigations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported expected recoveries of more than $3 billion in audit and investigative receivables in 2015, and identified roughly $20.6 billion in savings based on regulatory or administrative actions that were supported by OIG recommendations.
False Claims Act Penalties Doubled in 2016
Effective August 1, 2016, civil penalties for violation of the False Claims Act nearly doubled to $21,563 per violation. Healthcare providers would also be required to pay three times the amount of damages that the federal government sustained because of the false claims.