Office of Inspector General (OIG), HHS.
This notice announces the issuance of the updated Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol (the SDP), originally published in the Federal Register on October 30, 1998 (63 FR 58399). In 1998, the Office of Inspector General published the SDP to establish a process for health care providers to voluntarily identify, disclose, and resolve instances of potential fraud involving the Federal health care programs (as defined in section 1128B(f) of the Social Security Act (the Act), 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(f)). The SDP provides guidance on how to investigate this conduct, quantify damages, and report the conduct to OIG to resolve the provider's liability under OIG's civil monetary penalty (CMP) authorities.
Since the original publication, we identified areas where additional guidance would be beneficial to the health care community and would improve the efficient resolution of SDP matters. To that end, we issued three Open Letters to Health Care Providers in 2006, 2008, and 2009. Since the last Open Letter, we continued to evaluate our SDP process. We also solicited comments about the SDP on June 18, 2012, and we received numerous helpful comments from the public. On the basis of our experience and the comments we received, we have decided to revise the SDP in its entirety at this time. This revised SDP supersedes and replaces the 1998 Federal Register Notice and the Open Letters.
OIG has posted the full revision of the SDP on its Web site: http://oig.hhs.gov/compliance/self-disclosure-info/index.asp.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Patrice S. Drew, Congressional and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Inspector General, (202) 619-1368.
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Daniel R. Levinson,
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