Banner Health also entered into an enterprise integrity agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), which required the company to make significant compliance efforts over the next five years. Under the agreement, Banner Health is required to maintain an independent auditing body to verify the accuracy of the company`s claims for services provided to recipients of the federal health program. In addition to the cash liquidation, Banner entered into a five-year agreement on the integrity of the company with the Inspector General of the HHS Comptroller General. The agreement requires the health care system to maintain an independent organization to verify the accuracy of requests for banners for services provided to recipients of federal health programs, the DOJ said. “Taxpayers should not bear the burden of hospital services that patients do not need,” said Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler for the Justice Department`s Civil Division. “The ministry will continue its efforts to end the misuse of the country`s health resources and ensure that patients receive the most appropriate care.” “This enforcement action is another example of this office`s commitment to protecting the Medicare program,” said Elizabeth A. Strange, First Assistant States Attorney for the District of Arizona. “The U.S. Attorney`s Office will continue to protect Medicare, in collaboration with our law enforcement partners, by aggressively pursuing the false allegations of the False Claims Act against allegations of misconduct in the health care sector.” As part of the transaction, Banner Health agreed to enter into a five-year enterprise integrity agreement with the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services. An independent auditing body investigates Banner Health`s business practices. The government`s resolution on this issue illustrates the government`s focus on combating health fraud. One of the most powerful tools in this effort is the False Claims Act.