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Exclusion Authorities

Scope

Social Security Act 42 USC § Amendment
1128 1320a-7 Scope of exclusions imposed by the OIG expanded from Medicare and State health care programs to all Federal health care programs, as defined in section 1128B(f)(1).

Mandatory Exclusions

Social Security Act 42 USC § Amendment
1128(a)(1) 1320a-7(a)(1) Conviction of program-related crimes. Minimum Period: 5 years
1128(a)(2) 1320a-7(a)(2) Conviction relating to patient abuse or neglect. Minimum Period: 5 years
1128(a)(3) 1320a-7(a)(3) Felony conviction relating to health care fraud. Minimum Period: 5 years
1128(a)(4) 1320a-7(a)(4) Felony conviction relating to controlled substance. Minimum Period: 5 years
1128(c)(3)(G)(i) 1320a-7(c)(3)(G)(i) Conviction of two mandatory exclusion offenses. Minimum Period: 10 years
1128(c)(3)(G)(ii) 1320a-7(c)(3)(G)(ii) Conviction on 3 or more occasions of mandatory exclusion offenses. Permanent Exclusion

Permissive Exclusions

Social Security Act 42 USC § Amendment
1128(b)(1)(A) 1320a-7(b)(1)(A) Misdemeanor conviction relating to health care fraud. Baseline Period: 3 years
1128(b)(1)(B) 1320a-7(b)(1)(B) Conviction relating to fraud in non- health care programs. Baseline Period: 3
1128(b)(2) 1320a-7(b)(2) Conviction relating to obstruction of an investigation. Baseline Period: 3 years
1128(b)(3) 1320a-7(b)(3) Misdemeanor conviction relating to controlled substance. Baseline Period: 3 years
1128(b)(4) 1320a-7(b)(4) License revocation or suspension. Minimum Period: No less than the period imposed by the state licensing authority.
1128(b)(5) 1320a-7(b)(5) Exclusion or suspension under federal or state health care program. Minimum Period: No less than the period imposed by federal or state health care program.
1128(b)(6) 1320a-7(b)(6) Claims for excessive charges, unnecessary services or services which fail to meet professionally recognized standards of health care, or failure of an HMO to furnish medically necessary services. Minimum Period: 1 year
1128(b)(7) 1320a-7(b)(7) Fraud, kickbacks, and other prohibited activities. Minimum Period: None
1128(b)(8) 1320a-7(b)(8) Entities controlled by a sanctioned individual. Minimum Period: Same as length of individual's exclusion.
1128(b)(8)(A) 1320a-7(b)(8)(A) Entities controlled by a family or household member of an excluded individual and where there has been a transfer of ownership/ control. Minimum Period: Same as length of individual's exclusion.
1128(b)(9), (10), and (11) 1320a-7(b)(9), (10), and (11) Failure to disclose required information, supply requested information on subcontractors and suppliers; or supply payment information. Minimum Period: None
1128(b)(12) 1320a-7(b)(12) Failure to grant immediate access. Minimum Period: None
1128(b)(13) 1320a-7(b)(13) Failure to take corrective action. Minimum Period: None
1128(b)(14) 1320a-7(b)(14) Default on health education loan or scholarship obligations. Minimum Period: Until default has been cured or obligations have been resolved to Public Health Service's (PHS) satisfaction.
1128(b)(15) 1320a-7(b)(15) Individuals controlling a sanctioned entity. Minimum Period: Same period as entity.
1128(b)(16) 1320a-7(b)(16) Making false statement or misrepresentations of material fact. Minimum period: None. The effective date for this new provision is the date of enactment, March 23, 2010.
1156 1320c-5 Failure to meet statutory obligations of practitioners and providers to provide' medically necessary services meeting professionally recognized standards of health care (Peer Review Organization (PRO) findings). Minimum Period: 1 year

Note: except those imposed under section 1128(b)(7) [42 USC 1320a-7b(b)(7)], and those imposed on rural physicians under section 1156 [42 USC 1320C-5], all exclusions are effective prior to a hearing.

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