by Kim C. Stanger, Holland & Hart LLP
Federal laws generally prohibit providers from billing for services ordered by, or contracting with, persons or entities that have been excluded from participating in Medicare, Medicaid, or other federal health care programs. Violations may result in significant penalties, including repayment of amounts improperly received. To avoid penalties, providers should check the OIG’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (“LEIE”) before hiring, contracting with, or granting privileges to employees, contractors, or practitioners, and should periodically re-check the LEIE thereafter.
Effect on Excluded Entities. Federal statutes such as the Civil Monetary Penalties (“CMP”) law allows HHS to exclude individuals and entities from participating in federal health care programs if they have been convicted of fraud or abuse or engaged in certain other misconduct. (See, e.g., 42 USC §§ 1320a-7 and 1320c-5). States are required to exclude from Medicaid any person or entity that has been excluded by HHS. (Id.). An excluded individual or entity generally may not do the following: Continue reading