The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued its Semiannual Report to Congress, which summarizes key program integrity efforts in fiscal year (FY) 2018. Notably, during FY 2018, OIG achieved:
- Expected investigative recoveries of $2.91 billion (compared to $4.13 billion in FY 2017)
- Criminal actions against 764 individuals or entities for crimes against HHS programs
- Civil actions against 813 individuals or entities
- Exclusion of 2,712 individuals and entities from federal health care programs
The report also summarizes various audit reports issued and enforcement actions taken during the period of April 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018. In addition, the OIG responds to recent public proposals for new and/or modified safe harbors.
Expect the OIG to continue its vigorous enforcement efforts!