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Media Materials

2019

09-27-2019
Nationwide Genetic Testing Fraud
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, with our law enforcement partners, announced in September 2019 our efforts to target genetic testing fraud schemes nationwide.
09-04-2019
Unaccompanied Children
The Unaccompanied Alien Children program (UAC), operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides temporary housing, food, clothing, and other related services to unaccompanied minor children in its custody.
07-09-2019
2019: Vulnerabilities in Hospice Care
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has released two reports which found that from 2012 through 2016, the majority of U.S. hospices that participated in Medicare had one or more deficiencies in the quality of care they provided to their patients.
06-12-2019
Abuse and Neglect of Medicare Beneficiaries
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued two new reports that address the identification, reporting and investigation of incidents of potential abuse and neglect of our nation's most vulnerable populations, including seniors and individuals with developmental disabilities.
04-17-2019
2019 Appalachian Region Opioid Takedown
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, along with our federal and state law enforcement partners, participated in an unprecedented opioid overprescribing and abuse Takedown in the Appalachian region.
04-05-2019
Nationwide Brace Scam
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, with our law enforcement partners, announced in April 2019 our efforts in dismantling one of the largest healthcare fraud schemes ever investigated, in terms of amount billed to Medicare.
01-17-2019
Unaccompanied Children
The Unaccompanied Alien Children program (UAC), operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides temporary housing, food, clothing, and other related services to unaccompanied minor children in its custody.

2018

07-31-2018
2018: Vulnerabilities in Hospice Care
Hospices can provide much-needed pain relief and support to terminally ill patients, to give services and comfort to people at the end of life. However, the HHS OIG is releasing a hospice portfolio that summarizes the agency's work, which found significant problems with quality of care issues and improper billing in the Medicare hospice program.
06-28-2018
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2018 National Health Care Fraud Takedown
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, along with our state and federal law enforcement partners, participated in the largest health care fraud takedown in history in June 2018. More than 600 defendants in 58 federal districts were charged with participating in fraud schemes involving about $2 billion in losses to Medicare and Medicaid.

2017

08-28-2017
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Early Alert: Potential Abuse or Neglect at Skilled Nursing Facilities
This Early Alert provides the preliminary results of our ongoing review of potential abuse or neglect of Medicare beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The audit is part of the ongoing efforts of the Office of Inspector General to detect and combat elder abuse. The objectives of our audit are to identify incidents of potential abuse or neglect of Medicare beneficiaries residing in SNFs and determine whether these incidents were reported and investigated in accordance with applicable requirements.
07-13-2017
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2017 National Health Care Fraud Takedown
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, along with our state and federal law enforcement partners, participated in the largest health care fraud takedown in history in July 2017. More than 400 defendants in 41 federal districts were charged with participating in fraud schemes involving about $1.3 billion in false billings to Medicare and Medicaid. OIG also issued exclusion notices to 295 doctors, nurses, and other providers based on conduct related to opioid diversion and abuse.

2016

10-04-2016
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Medicaid Personal Care Services
In this investigative advisory, OIG identifies concerns about fraud and patient harm that build upon those outlined in a Portfolio report issued in November 2012, Medicaid Personal Care Services: Trends, Vulnerabilities, and Recommendations for Improvement.
07-13-2016
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Child Care and Development Fund
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is a partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families and States. CCDF provides eligible, low-income families with help paying for child care at a provider of their choice. Around 1.5 million children receive a child care subsidy from the CCDF program every month.
06-22-2016
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National Health Care Fraud Takedown 2016
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, along with our state and federal law enforcement partners, participated in the largest health care fraud takedown in history in June 2016. Approximately 275 individuals in 30 judicial districts were charged for their alleged participation in Medicare and Medicaid fraud schemes involving about $800 million in false billings to these programs.
06-09-2016
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FDA Food Recall Early Alert
OIG found that the Food and Drug Administration did not have an efficient and effective food recall initiation process that helps ensure the safety of the Nation's food supply. Specifically, FDA did not have policies and procedures to ensure that firms or responsible parties initiated voluntary food recalls promptly. This issue is a significant matter and requires FDA's immediate attention.