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Tex Med. 1989 May;85(5):83-5.

Civil Monetary Penalties Law: mistakes could be (very) costly.


The Civil Money Penalties Law (CMPL) authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to impose civil money penalties, an assessment, and program exclusion for various forms of fraud and abuse involving the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Penalties range from $2,000 to $100,000 for each violation, depending on the specific misconduct involved. The monetary sanctions imposed generally far exceed the damages actually sustained by the government. The Inspector General must only prove liability by a "preponderance of the evidence" rather than the more demanding "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard required in criminal actions. A health care provider can be held liable based on its own negligence and the negligence of its employees. There is no requirement that intent to defraud must be proved.

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