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HHS OIG Develops Toolkit to Analyze Telehealth Claims to Assess Program Integrity Risks

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG) recently unveiled a new toolkit that seeks to help analyze telehealth claims for federal healthcare program integrity risks. It is based on methodologies highlighted in OIG’s September 2022 data brief; the data brief identified billing practices by Medicare providers that OIG was concerned posed a high risk to program integrity. OIG intends for the toolkit to be used by public and private parties—including Medicare Advantage plan sponsors, private health plans, State Medicaid Fraud Control Units and other federal healthcare agencies—to assess program integrity risks and identify providers whose billing may warrant further scrutiny.

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DOJ’s Enforcement Activity Against Individuals: Acute Focus on Telemedicine

DOJ’s focus on individual accountability is particularly important with respect to telemedicine. Telemedicine is a burgeoning field, with a projected market increase of 18% annually over the next six years, reaching $103 billion in 2024. In light of this recent surge in profitability, DOJ has begun paying extra attention to telemedicine, with at least one recent HHS-OIG report asserting that more than one-third of all telemedicine claims are improper.

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