Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) publishes its Work Plan for the upcoming fiscal year (“FY”), which lists activities and reviews that the agency plans to pursue during that year. On October 2, 2012 the OIG published its Work Plan for FY 2013 in which it announced the OIG will initiate 11 new and continue 14 ongoing activities and reviews affecting hospitals. Notable throughout the FY 2013 Work Plan is the potential for major changes to Medicare’s payment policies impacting hospitals. This article is the first in a series in which we will report on what healthcare providers should expect during the upcoming year based on the OIG FY 2013 Work Plan.
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