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OIG to Expand Its Exclusion Authority under Proposed Rule—In a proposed rule published in the Federal Register last week, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”), charged with enforcing fraud and abuse laws protecting federal health care programs, seeks to expand its authority to exclude individuals and entities from programs like Medicare and Medicaid. The proposed rule, based on authority granted by the Affordable Care Act, will allow the OIG to impose an exclusion on an individual or entity based on a conviction for obstructing an audit, for failing to supply payment information, or for making any false statement, omission, or misrepresentation of material facts in applications to participate as a provider or supplier of medical services under a federal health care program. Read the full text of the proposed rule here.

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