Thursday, September 22, 2011

Don’t become part of the crime and cover-up–Report it!

This goes out to any Small Smiles or Church Street Health Management employees.

The Office of Inspector General and Health and Human Services take Corporate Integrity Agreements seriously, especially Quality of Care CIA’s and even more important the agreements that have to do with the treatment of children.

I know many of you are afraid to speak up about the violations and breaches of the Corporate Integrity Agreement.  I know many of you are concerned about other misdeeds happening at the dental centers as well as at corporate headquarters. 

I encourage each of you to report any and all violations.  If you don’t feel comfortable using the Hotline that is set up, and I understand that completely, then at least report directly to the OIG/HHS. 

You may direct complaints of suspected Medicaid fraud to
OIG's Hotline1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) or directly to a

State Medicaid
Fraud Control Units

If the monitor is visiting your center, please talk to the monitor.  I’m sure all reports and allegations are taken seriously.  If you can’t talk freely right then, surely you can find a way to get the monitor’s attention to slip them a phone number or a note or something.  Get the name of the monitor and contact them later….do something.

Heck do all of the above if you don’t feel comfortable talking to the monitor and your concerns swept under the rug.  Even though I doubt that is the case.  But I understand just about every one of you are terrified. 

You guys are the first line of defense against children being mistreated and Medicaid fraud prevention.  Please do the right thing.  For example, if you see procedure being coded and billed improperly, please report it, please.  Don’t become part of the crime and cover-up.