Civil monetary penalties, exclusion cases on the rise

The government resolved 110 cases involving civil monetary penalties and program exclusions in the past fiscal year, according to a senior official at the Office of Inspector General, and even more cases are expected in the coming year.

Gregory Demske, chief counsel of the OIG, reviewed the organization's focus on civil monetary penalties in a talk for the Health Care Compliance Association, according to McKnights. Demske pointed to the OIG's new litigation team devoted to exclusions and civil monetary penalties as a driving force behind the statistics and an influential factor in future enforcment efforts. Earlier this year, Tony Maida, a partner with McDermot Will & Emory LLP told FierceHealthPayer: Antifraud that the new OIG litigation team would "open up another avenue of potential government enforcement." Article