On March 24, 2009, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an “Open Letter to Health Care Providers” announcing refinements to the OIG's Self-Disclosure Protocol. In order to more effectively allocate resources, the OIG will no longer accept disclosure of a matter that involves only liability under the physician self-referral law in the absence of an anti-kickback violation. The OIG cautions that while it is narrowing the scope of the disclosure protocol for resources purposes, providers should “not to draw any inferences about the Government’s approach to enforcement of the physician self-referral law.” Moreover, the OIG is establishing a $50,000 minimum settlement amount for kickback-related submissions accepted into the self-disclosure protocol after March 24, 2009. The OIG will continue to analyze the facts and circumstances of each disclosure to determine the appropriate settlement amount.