Representative Kevin Brady, (R-TX) Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, and Jim McDermott, (D-WA) Ranking Minority member of the Subcommittee, introduced bi-partisan legislation that would grant the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) new authority to exclude from the Medicare program individuals and entities that are found to be affiliated with another entity that has been sanctioned for fraud.
In a joint statement issued upon introduction of the legislation, they said, “…this legislation takes a common-sense approach by giving the Inspector General another tool to root out fraudsters. Individuals and companies who are involved with Medicare fraud on any level must be held accountable. We reintroduce this legislation to stem fraud by closing a senseless loophole for criminals who choose to steal from America’s entitlement programs.”
Under the Brady-McDermott bill, the OIG would also have the authority to prevent individuals entities involved with fraudulent entities from receiving Medicare payments. This would ban the use of shell companies by corporations engaging in fraudulent activities.
ADVOCATE will continue to provide updates on this legislation as they become available.
Kirk Reinitz, CPA