NYS OMIG STREAMLINES COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Zoila Sanchez, J.D., M.P.H.

Effective immediately, the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) implemented changes to the annual Compliance Certification Requirement (NYS Social Services Law (SSL) §363-d) which we discussed in a prior Blast

This change impacts ALL NYSPROVIDERS AND BILLING COMPANIESthathavereceived or billed at least $500,000 in Medicaid payments directly or indirectly (through managed care companies or insurers) in any consecutive 12-month period, as well as prior certification obligations under the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA).

The annual certification requirements have been simplified in the following ways: 

NYS providers are no longer required to complete the annual December certification also known as the SSL Certification, which was previously completed using a form available on the OMIG website. 

Instead, providers and billing companies must now submit an annual Certification Statement to eMedNY. That filing now satisfies and hence eliminates the DRA Certification required for providers billing or receiving over $5 million dollars annually. 

Deadline: The Certification Statement is due on the anniversary of the provider’s Medicaid enrollment. Providers can locate this date in their initial Medicaid enrollment welcome letter. Additionally, providers can expect to receive a NYSDOH reminder by mail approximately 45-60 days before their enrollment anniversary.

Impact: In response to a request for clarification, the OMIG has told us that there will be additional changes in the upcoming months to the financial threshold for Medicaid certification. Those changes will be noticed in Medicaid Updates. We will also provide updates in future Blasts.

Keep in mind that providers who have withdrawn from Medicaid due to sale or closure but are  still collecting Medicaid monies for services rendered prior to withdrawal from the program, will still be required to file if they hit the $500,000 threshold during the relevant time period.

Remember—the recent changes do not alter other requirements which are continuously evaluated by OMIG’s Bureau of Compliance to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse. Providers can take steps to ensure compliance by reviewing “Understanding Compliance.”

Should you have any questions regarding mandatory compliance program requirements please contact Mathew Levy at 516-926-3320 or MLevy@weisszarett.com.

About the Authors: 

Mathew J. Levy is a Partner of the firm and co-chairs the Firm’s corporate transaction and healthcare regulatory practice. Mr. Levy has extensive experience in, defending healthcare professionals in actions brought by State licensing authorities and the Federal agencies (OIG, Medicare, OMIG, Medicaid, DEA, OSHA, OCR OSHA, Hospital Review Boards, Office of Professional Medical Conduct and Office of Professional Discipline.) Mr. Levy has successfully defended numerous healthcare providers in actions involving the US Attorney’s Office investigations, Medicare Fraud Waste and Abuse investigations, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigations, OPMC, OPD, Medicare, Medicaid as well as commercial insurance audits including Prepayment Review, Post Payment Review, Medicare Hearings and Hospital Discipline Investigations.

Mr. Levy has successfully structured and negotiated joint venture agreements, private equity transactions, venture capital transactions, stock purchase agreements, asset sale agreements, shareholders agreements, partnership agreements, employment contracts, managed care agreements and commercial leases. Among the areas in which he focuses are coordinating mergers and acquisitions, compliance programs, ambulatory surgery centers, the establishment of diagnostic and treatment centers, HIPAA privacy regulations, fee-splitting issues, Stark law issues, fraud and abuse rules and regulations and Medicare/ Medicaid, Oxford, Americhoice, Fidelis, Healthfirst and other third-party payor settlements.

Zoila Sanchez, J.D., M.P.H. joined the Firm full-time upon graduating with her Juris Doctor degree from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. During law school, Ms. Sanchez served as a Legal Clerk with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Counsel to the Inspector General in Washington, DC, where her work focused on health care fraud and abuse. Ms. Sanchez has experience in supporting the Firm’s business and health care law, and litigation practice areas. 

Weiss Zarett Brofman Sonnenklar & Levy, P.C. is a Long Island law firm providing a wide array of legal services to the members of the health care industry, including corporate and transactional matters, civil and administrative litigation, healthcare regulatory issues, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and commercial real estate transactions.

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