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Eye on Oversight: Abuse in Nursing Homes

June 8, 2017

Millions of elderly Americans live in nursing facilities. OIG's oversight and enforcement work has revealed alarming problems. Problems range from overmedicating residents, or patient abuse or neglect. OIG is working to prevent patient harm through identifying program vulnerabilities, investigating wrongdoers, and taking legal action against providers

Gary Cantrell

Daniel R. Levinson Keynote Address at the 2017 HCCA Compliance Institute

April 28, 2017

Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, gives the keynote address at the 21st annual HCCA Compliance Institute on March 27th, 2017.

Gary Cantrell

Bloomberg BNA Interviews OIG Deputy Inspector General for Investigations

March 29, 2017

OIG Deputy Inspector General for Investigations, Gary Cantrell, talks with Bloomberg BNA about how budget cuts lead to fewer health care fraud investigations.

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Eye on Oversight: Medical Identity Theft

March 3, 2017

Medical identity theft, the fastest growing form of identity theft, occurs when someone's personal information, like their name, Social Security number, or Medicare number, is stolen. Criminals or fraudulent providers use those medical identities to get medical care, buy drugs, or submit false billings to Medicare or Medicaid under that stolen name.

Exclusions

Eye on Oversight: Exclusions

January 18, 2017

The HHS OIG has authority to exclude, or ban, individuals and entities from participation in Federal health care programs. Employers must check that they are not employing an excluded individual because they may face a financial penalty. This video also covers OIG's exclusions database, and possible reinstatement.

2016 Year in Review

Eye on Oversight:
2016 Year in Review

December 14, 2016

This month's Eye on Oversight recaps OIG's work in 2016, including topics like the launch of Healthcare.gov, child care safety lapses and the largest healthcare fraud takedown in history.

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Eye on Oversight:
Challenges in Indian Health Service Hospitals

November 15, 2016

This month's Eye on Oversight focuses on Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals. IHS provides health care services for approximately 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. OIG examined 28 IHS-operated hospitals, to look at how it monitors quality oversight and ensures that facilities meet federal standards.

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Eye on Oversight:
Vulnerabilities in Personal Care Services

October 18, 2016

This month's Eye on Oversight highlights vulnerabilities in Medicaid's Personal Care Services (PCS) program. Investigations have revealed abuse and neglect by PCS attendants. OIG hopes that its recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will ensure that people in need of PCS services are not at risk of abuse or neglect.

Gloria Jarmon

OIG-HHS Testifies on OIG's Oversight of the Affordable Care Act

September 26, 2016

Gloria Jarmon, Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Subcommittee on Health: "The Affordable Care Act on Shaky Ground: Outlook and Oversight"

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Eye on Oversight:
Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol

September 19, 2016

This month's Eye on Oversight focuses on OIG's Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol. If health care providers find evidence of potential fraud in Federal health care programs, they can voluntarily report it to the OIG. This video features the largest self-disclosure case in history.

Caryl Brzymialkiewicz

Bloomberg BNA Interviews OIG Assistant Inspector General and Chief Data Officer

June 28, 2016

OIG Assistant Inspector General and Chief Data Officer Caryl Brzymialkiewicz talks with Bloomberg BNA about the OIG's growing use of data collection analytics in investigations and audits.

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Eye on Oversight:
Home Health Fraud

June 20, 2016

Medicare's home health benefit provides care for patients who have an illness or injury. It's usually cheaper, and more convenient, than going to a hospital or skilled nursing facility. Although it's an important service, people are scamming the home health care program.

Ann Maxwell

HHS-OIG Testifies on Medicare and Medicaid: Combatting Improper Payments and Ineligible Providers

May 26, 2016

Ann Maxwell, Assistant Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: "Medicare and Medicaid Program Integrity: Combatting Improper Payments and Ineligible Providers"

Joanne Chiedi

Bloomberg BNA Interviews OIG Principal Deputy Inspector General

May 26, 2016

OIG Principal Deputy Inspector General, Joanne Chiedi, talks about data analysis, budget resources and prescription drug abuse

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Daniel R. Levinson's Keynote Address at the 2016 HCCA Compliance Institute

May 16, 2016

Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, gives the keynote address at the 20th annual HCCA Compliance Institute on April 18th, 2016.

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Eye on Oversight:
Kickbacks to Physicians

May 11, 2016

Kickbacks in health care are a big problem. They can lead to higher costs for patients, unnecessary tests, and doctors making decisions based on making money, versus caring for patients.

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Eye on Oversight:
Dangerous Drugs – Opioids

April 11, 2016

The number of people in the U.S. who die from opioid overdoses is on the rise. These drugs include Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin. Medicare is paying for an increasing number of opioids, and other prescription drugs, that when used improperly, can have devastating effects.

Erin Bliss

HHS-OIG Testifies on HealthCare.gov:
A Review of Operations and Enrollment

March 23, 2016

Erin Bliss, Assistant Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, testifies before the Senate Finance Committee: "HealthCare.gov: A Review of Operations and Enrollment"

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Eye on Oversight:
Child Care Safety Lapses

March 7, 2016

OIG found major health and safety violations at many state-licensed day care providers around the country. States should meet new legal requirements to fix these lapses.

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HHS OIG testifies on the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage

February 18, 2016

John Hagg, Director of Medicaid Audits, Office of Audit Services, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. The hearing focused on Medicaid and CHIP's Federal Medical Assistance Percentage.

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Eye on Oversight: Medicare Part D Fraud

January 11, 2016

Fraud and abuse in Medicare Part D is going up. Part D helps millions of beneficiaries pay for prescription drugs, but billing schemes and drug diversion are causing major financial and social problems.

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