Compliance News Roundup: Federal Grants Compliance

1. Two Dallas Area Clinic Workers Charged in $5.9 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme – “A federal grand jury indicted two clinic workers yesterday for their roles in a scheme involving approximately $5.9 million in allegedly fraudulent Department of Labor claims for unprovided drug screening and improperly coded physical therapy and report writing services.” Get the full scoop >>

2. Louisiana Doctor Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Receive Health Care Kickback Payments – “A Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based doctor pleaded guilty today for his role in a scheme to receive approximately $336,000 in illegal health care kickback payments. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Brandon J. Fremin of the Middle District of Louisiana, Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Dallas Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Eric J. Rommal of the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office made the announcement.” Get the full scoop >>

3. Deeper Than the Headlines: Federal Grant Guidelines – The Federal government awards many grants every year.  One of the main agencies involved in grants for healthcare entities is the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In Federal fiscal year (FY) 2015, NIH awarded more than $16 billion in grants and contracts to domestic institutions of higher education, and in FY 2016, NIH awarded more than $18 billion. One of those institutions was Northwestern University which the NIH awarded more than $268 million in FY 2015 and more than $307 million in FY 2016.  The OIG recently released a report on how well Northwestern complied with certain compliance requirements for institutions receiving federal grants. The report is very useful for compliance programs that play a role in grants compliance at any institution. Get the full scoop >>

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