Fraud Law Compliance Training LackingHHS to Offer Fraud/Abuse Educational Materials to Med Schools
Only 44 percent of 131 medical schools surveyed offer instruction on Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse laws, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General. Of the 57 schools offering training, 93 percent said the instruction took place in the classroom, but 58 percent of those said instruction was limited to about two hours or less. Forty percent of those providing training offer reading material and 25 percent provide training in a clinical setting.
Compliance training is somewhat more pervasive at hospitals and other institutions offering residency and fellowship programs.
Sixty-eight percent of 387 institutions offering these programs reported providing fraud and abuse compliance instruction. Of those offering the training, 81 percent reported conducting conferences and lectures, but half of those reported providing four hours or less of training per year. Fifty-one percent offer reading materials, 47 percent provide online training and 44 percent offer training in a clinical setting.
The OIG will provide educational materials on fraud and abuse law compliance to "provide medical schools and hospitals with a consistent starting point on which to build their training programs," the new OIG report states. In refining the educational effort, OIG will seek feedback from the educational institutions on "emerging compliance challenges that physicians hospitals and other providers face."
No federal law requires medical schools and hospitals offering physician training to provide instruction on compliance with federal fraud and abuse laws, the report notes. Among the federal statutes addressing fraud and abuse are the civil False Claims Act, the anti-kickback statute and the physician self-referral statute.