Oconee Regional Medical Center

Notice to Contractors and Vendors

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Notice to Contractors and Vendors

Oconee Regional Medical Center (“ORMC”) is committed to providing healthcare services in compliance with all state and federal laws governing its operations, and consistent with the highest standards of business and professional ethics.

In accordance with the Federal Deficit Reduction Act, ORMC is required to inform its vendors about the Federal False Claims Act. As part of the effort to reduce fraud and abuse in the Federal healthcare programs, the OIG and the Department of Justice use the False Claims Act and other authorities to sanction healthcare providers that have knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare. Numerous federal and state laws prohibit healthcare providers from submitting false or “fraudulent” claims for payment to public healthcare programs funded by taxpayer dollars. Primary among these are the federal statutes and regulations that apply to claims submitted to Medicare and Medicaid and other federally funded programs. In addition to the imposition of monetary penalties, the OIG is authorized to exclude providers that violate the False Claims Act from participation in Medicare and other Federal healthcare programs.

It is the policy of ORMC to obey the law and to comply with all federal and state requirements with respect to payments to ORMC from federal or state programs providing payment for patient care. To assist vendors in understanding their responsibilities, they may review policy ADM-CL-001: Education Provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 which applies to all employees, management, contractors and agents of ORMC. This also includes the requirements of The Deficit Reduction Act to provide vendors with information about whistle blowing and non-retaliation. ORMC has established guidelines and expectations for all sales and service providers conducting business on ORMC property and/or with ORMC employees or representatives as described in ORMC policy ADM-CL-015: Vendor Relations.

ORMC certifies companies using Vendormate, a vendor credentialing organization. The process for registering requires evidence of certain credentialing documents sent to Vendormate. To understand exactly what you need to provide in order to be compliant with ORMC’s Vendor Relations policy, all new and existing vendors should successfully complete on-line registration by visiting the Vendormate website located at “Vendor Registration”. All individuals acting on behalf of ORMC vendors should also be registered with their respective companies.