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CMS Failed to Report Providers’ Adverse Actions, Says OIG
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services took adverse actions against hundreds of healthcare providers, but did not report them to the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Databank as required because the agency did not regard the providers’ activities as fraud or abuse. That’s according to a report from the Office of Inspector General this week which recommends that CMS promptly start reporting such events. “Users (of this databank) pay fees for each query they submit to the HIPDB with the expectation that they will receive complete and accurate information in return,” the OIG report states.