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Waivers

OIG has the authority to waive an individual or entity's exclusion as a provider from Federal health programs. See Section 1128(c)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act (Act) and 42 C.F.R. 1001.1801(b). Waivers are available only for those excluded providers who are the sole community physician or the sole source of essential specialized services in a community. Waivers cannot be granted to those excluded for patient neglect or abuse. See section 1128(a)(2) of the Act.

A waiver may be requested only by the administrator of a Federal or State health program. Excluded individuals or entities may not request a waiver from the OIG. For more information on waivers, see our FAQs.

The current waivers in effect are listed below. Unless otherwise specified, all waivers permit the individual or entity to participate in Medicare, Medicaid, and all other Federal health care programs, subject to the limitations described below and in each waiver letter. Please read the attached letters to obtain further details about the scope of each waiver.

Individual/Entity Description State Effective
Davis, M.D., John This waiver is effective for urologic items and services furnished, ordered, or prescribed in Yadkin County, North Carolina. NC 04-08-2011
Despot, M.D., Janet Elizabeth This waiver is effective for allergy, asthma-related, immunology and pulmonary care items and services furnished, ordered, or prescribed in Buckley and Shelton, Washington, and at Enumclaw Regional Hospital in Enumclaw, Washington. OH 07-07-2010
Hansen, Ralph Stuart This waiver is effective for services relating to Dr. Hansen's position as Regional Health Officer in the Northwest Region of New Mexico. The Northwest region includes the counties of Bernalillo, Cibola, McKinley, San Juan, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia, New Mexico. NM 02-12-2014
Jackson, M.D., Nedra C. This waiver is effective for items and services furnished, ordered, or prescribed at the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Clinic in Utica, Mississippi. MS 09-28-2010
Kotheimer, M.D., Gregory C. This waiver is effective for items and services furnished, ordered, or prescribed in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. CNMI 08-20-2010
Levitt, M.D., Keith N. This waiver is effective for all items and services furnished, ordered, or prescribed in the Northwest Region of New Mexico, but only as the items and services relate to the subject's position as the Regional Health Officer. This waiver expands the previous waiver that is effective for all items and services furnished, ordered, or prescribed in the Southeast Region of New Mexico, but only as the items and services relate to the subject's position as the Regional Health Officer. NM 01-24-2014
Levitt, M.D., Keith This waiver is effective for all items and services furnished, ordered, or prescribed in the Southeast Region of New Mexico, but only as the items and services relate to the subject's position as the Regional Health Officer for the Southeast region of New Mexico. NM 01-15-2013
Metzger, M.D., Michael Ervin This waiver is effective for internal medicine items and services furnished, ordered, or prescribed at the Rimrock Foundation, Billings, Montana. MT 09-29-2011
Muncrief, D.O., Kim This waiver is effective for all items and services furnished, ordered, or prescribed at the Bill Willis Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Center facilities in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. OK 07-01-2001
Patwardhan, M.D., Vinod Chandrashekhar This waiver is effective for all oncological services and associated primary care services furnished, ordered, or prescribed in San Bernardino County, California. CA 07-20-2011, expanded 12-20-2011
Pickens, M.D., Cory L This waiver is effective for all covered neuroanesthesiology items and services furnished, ordered or prescribed at Benefis Hospital, Great Falls, Montana. MT 11/15/2011
Rosati, M.D., Samuel M. This waiver is effective for items and services furnished, ordered, or prescribed at the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center, Rochester, New York. NY 05-23-2008
Shrum, D.O., Kelly Dean This waiver is effective for obstetrical and gynecological items and services provided in Drew County, Arkansas. AR 01-31-2012
Thomas, O.D., Durward J. This waiver is effective for items and services furnished, ordered, or prescribed in the city of Ringgold and in Red River Parish, Louisiana LA 02-02-2005
Trauger, D.C., Gary L. This waiver is effective for claims for covered items or services furnished in the State of North Dakota. ND 10-31-1994
Union County Medical Center, Inc. This waiver is effective for all items and services furnished, ordered, or prescribed at UCMC in Union County, New Mexico. NM 06-18-2009

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