Of Counsel Heidi Sorensen spoke at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Southern California Chapter Educational Program #3 on March 18, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
Ms. Sorensen spoke from 8:10 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on "Legislative Updates" and again from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. with Kimberly L. Brandt, Director, Program Integrity Group for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Their session was titled "Reading the Tea Leaves."
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has announced a number of new priorities. Some of these priorities are responsive to legislative developments in Congress or in state legislatures. Some of these new priorities have grown out of the OIG's enforcement of compliance initiatives. Some priorities are the result of events as diverse as Hurricane Katrina or new health care technology. Some of OIG's more significant priorities include relationships between physicians and other health care providers, issues surrounding the choice of and reimbursement for medical devices, and quality of care issues. This session provided insight into what interests the OIG today and how the health care industry can respond.
For more information, please visit HFMA's Southern California Web site.