by Ben Vernia | December 7th, 2012
On November 13, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services reported settling two cases under its Civil Monetary Penalties law provision. Each involved allegations of a health care provider’s submission of false claims:
- After it self-disclosed conduct to the OIG, Community General Hospital (CGH), NY, agreed to pay $248,362.78 for allegedly violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law. The OIG alleged that CGH employed an individual that it knew or should have known was excluded from participation in Federal health care programs.
- Safeway, Inc., Wyoming, agreed to pay $56,994 for allegedly violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law. The OIG alleged that Safeway, Inc. submitted claims to Medicare Part D for the branded drug Protonix when it dispensed the authorized Protonix generic drug known as pantoprazole.