OIG Report: Med School Students Aren't Properly Trained on Healthcare Fraud Law

The Office of the Inspector General has released a report suggesting medical schools are not complying with federal regulations requiring that medical school students receive training and education on Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse laws, according to the OIG report.

The report, called "Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Training in Medical Education," identified deans at 160 accredited medical schools and DIOs at 660 institutions offering accredited residency and fellowship programs. Surveys were sent to each dean and DIO asking what type of instruction medical students, residents and fellows received about fraud and abuse laws — including the False Claims Act, anti-kickback statute and physician self-referral statute — and what educational resources OIG could provide.

Key findings from the report include the following:

•    Of the 131 deans who responded, 57 of them indicated they provided instruction on fraud and abuse laws.
•    Thirty-eight respondents reported instruction covered the False Claims Act and the physician self-referral law
•    Thirty-five respondents reported covering the anti-kickback statute.

In response to these findings, OIG plans to prepare additional education materials on the aforementioned topics for medical schools and institutions offering residency and fellowship programs.

Read the OIG report "Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Training in Medical Education."

Read other coverage about Medicare and Medicaid fraud:

- New Jersey Pharmacist Gets 3 Years in Prison for Filing False Claims, Defrauding Medicaid Program

- New York Psychologist and Wife Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

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