As required by Section 205 of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the OIG has published its annual request for proposals to modify existing safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute and to develop new safe harbors and Special Fraud Alerts.  Comments are due no later than 5 p.m. on February 22, 2016.  OIG’s request states that, if possible, any responses to the request should include a “detailed explanation of justifications for, or empirical data supporting, a suggestion for a safe harbor or Special Fraud Alert.”  Additionally, the OIG request lists some of the factors it will consider when reviewing proposals, including the extent to which the proposals would affect an increase or decrease in competition among health care providers and the cost to Federal health care programs.