HHS-OIG Signals Increasing Skepticism of Speaker Programs, Identifies Practices That Raise Compliance Red Flags


Maya P. Florence Avia M. Dunn Pamela I. Amaechi Elizabeth L. Berry

Skadden attorneys review a rare Special Fraud Alert issued by the HHS-OIG regarding the inherent fraud and abuse risks associated with manufacturer-sponsored speaker programs. The alert reflects growing skepticism over the legitimacy of speaker programs in light of a perceived shift during the COVID-19 pandemic to nonspeaker virtual interactions to educate physicians.