“Today`s agreement corrects allegations that it has not been possible to provide recipients of several federal health programs with adequate and adequate mental health services, including Medicare and Medicaid,” said Maureen R. Dixon, Special Representative of the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Health Services in Philadelphia. “We will continue to work with the U.S. Attorney`s Office to investigate violations of the False Claims Act and ensure the integrity of our federal health programs.” According to the Wall Street Journal, the operator of Universal Health Services Hospital intends to sign a compliance agreement with federal supervisory authorities as part of broader regulations to unravel allegations of billing fraud. The OIG negotiates with health care providers as part of the billing of federal health program investigations into a large number of false civil law allegations in corporate integrity agreements. Suppliers accept commitments and the OIG agrees to abstain from participation in Medicare, Medicaid or other federal programs. A full agreement usually takes 5 years. “UHS is pleased to have resolved this case to avoid future distractions and the high cost of litigation, while ensuring that we continue to focus seamlessly on providing excellent care to our patients and their families,” said the hospital and health service provider.
Uhs also stated that the terms of the transaction were in line with a previously announced agreement in principle. PRUSSIA ROI, Pa., July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE: UHS; the “Company”) submitted a Form 8-K to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which announces that it has entered into definitive comparison agreements to resolve the civil aspects of investigations into its behavioral health facilities by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health Services and Personal Welfare (OIG-HHS) and various prosecutors. On Wednesday, Filton said the UHS was assuming the agreement was incremental and that there was “no need to fundamentally change business,” the WSJ said. He said UHS had shown the government what their compliance program was doing, and UHS considered it “pretty robust and comprehensive.” The agreement is part of a package of measures to reduce civil investigations into UHS accounting practices in 2013. UHS said in July that it had reached an agreement in principle with the Department of Justice to resolve the civilian aspect of the department`s investigation into the company`s behavioral health facilities for $127 million. UHS also revealed in July that the Department of Justice`s Criminal Fraud Department has ended an investigation into its operations. The company also agreed to a five-year Enterprise Integrity Agreement (CIA) overseen by a monitor selected by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The monitor will regularly prepare evaluation reports at the IGO, while “an independent evaluation body will conduct annual audits of UHS`s stationary behaviour requirements for federal health programs,” the DOJ said. At a health sector conference in New York on Wednesday, Steve Filton, UHS`s chief financial officer, said the hospital operator was still waiting for a draft compliance agreement from the HHS Office of Inspector General and would begin negotiations on the terms.
As part of the transaction, UHS entered into an integrity agreement with the inspector general`s office, which prosecutors said would remain in effect for five years.