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Kirk Nahra Discusses Savings from Medicare Fraud Prevention System

July 30, 2015

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in a recent Bloomberg BNA article about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) certification of adjusted savings from Medicare’s Fraud Prevention System (FPS).

The OIG certified the accuracy of savings attributable to the FPS in response to a July 14 report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), but also recommended that CMS provide contractors with better guidance for documenting future savings from the FPS, according to the article.

Mr. Nahra said the OIG recommendation is likely to have little impact on the FPS program. “It’s always possible to say that having better procedures would have improved your results,” he said, noting that improvements always can be made. “I’m not sure that there is much impact except to the extent it leads them [CMS] to make changes and do a better job going forward.”