New Hospice Investigations, Audits Forthcoming from OIG

Posted on Monday, September 14, 2020

In 2019, two reports were released that spoke to concerns with hospices regarding billing and patient safety from the U.S. Department Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

“Hospice issues are really important; they are very important to the OIG. It is a priority for the OIG, and we will continue to follow up on these issues and try to protect this vulnerable population,” Regional Inspector General Jodi Nudelman told Hospice News. Nudelman co-authored the 2019 reports.

We are absolutely monitoring the progress on the issues that we raised, because for us it’s so important to protect this vulnerable population. We want to see beneficiaries get the care they need. We want beneficiaries to get the information they need,” Nudelman said. “Hospices provide quality care, and we want to make sure that hospices that don’t do their jobs are held accountable. We work with CMS on an ongoing basis, and we have a back and forth with them as they implement these recommendations. They have made some progress on several of them. More work needs to be done, but we have seen some movement.”

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