On July 8th, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) launched a new online submission process for the Self-Disclosure Protocol (SDP). The SDP allows health care providers to voluntarily identify, disclose, and resolve instances of potential fraud involving federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. The OIG has stated that individuals and entities that utilize the SDP will pay a lower amount of damages for violations than would normally be required in resolving a government-initiated investigation.
You can access the online submission process here.
The OIG hopes that the online submission tool for the SDP will streamline the process for providers that want to resolve violations without the time and expense of a government-directed investigation. With that said, we suggest that providers have an attorney analyze any potential SDP issues prior to completing the online form. As always, the health law attorneys at OMW are happy to help.
For more information about the SDP online submission process please contact Casey Moriarty.