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  • National Review of Office of Refugee Resettlement Funded Facilities

    January 17, 2019
    Ann Maxwell stands in front of a dark background with an American flag behind her

    The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) administers the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program. ORR uses the program's $1.4 billion annual budget to pay grantees to run facilities that serve unaccompanied children. Given the urgency and seriousness of the health and safety issues raised in 2018 at UAC facilities, OIG responded quickly, dedicating an unprecedented level of resources to conduct large, multi-faceted reviews. In just three weeks, more than 200 OIG staff completed multi-day site visits to 45 ORR-funded facilities across the country.

  • Joanne Chiedi's Remarks at the 2019 HCCA Compliance Institute

    January 17, 2019
    Joanne Chiedi gives remarks behind a podium at the 2019 HCCA Compliance Institute

    Joanne Chiedi, Principal Deputy Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, gives remarks at the annual HCCA Compliance Institute on Monday, April 8, 2019.

  • Eye on Oversight: 2018 Year in Review

    December 17, 2018
    A hospice patient smiles and points at a photo held up to her by a man

    In fiscal year 2018, the HHS OIG reported 764 criminal actions, 813 civil actions and nearly three billion dollars in expected recoveries. Let's look at some other highlights from this year.

  • HHS OIG: A Good Investment

    November 30, 2018
    A graphic showing an office that says "1600+ employees oversee" and a stack of money that says "More than $1 trillion spent"

    In 2018, for every one dollar we spent fighting healthcare fraud, we returned four dollars to the federal government. Our 1600+ employees oversee more than $1 trillion dollars spent for the health and well-being of Americans.

  • Eye on Oversight: Cybersecurity

    October 9, 2018
    A medicare beneficiary handing their prescription to a pharmacist

    OIG recognizes Protecting HHS Data, Systems, and Beneficiaries from Cybersecurity Threats as a top management and performance challenge facing HHS. In partnering with various HHS agencies to address this challenge, OIG has formed a multidisciplinary Cybersecurity Team composed of auditors, evaluators, investigators and attorneys focused on combatting cybersecurity threats within HHS and the

  • Eye on Oversight: Emergency Response

    September 25, 2018
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    HHS OIG is one of many agencies the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) calls upon to respond to major disasters. As part of the Government's coordinated emergency response efforts, a team of OIG's special agents may deploy to provide leadership, equipment, expertise, security, and other support.

  • Eye on Oversight: Hospice

    July 31, 2018
    A hospice patient smiles and points at a photo held up by a man

    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.

  • Eye on Oversight: Corporate Integrity Agreements

    May 25, 2018
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    A provider who allegedly commits federal health care fraud may face exclusion, meaning they could be banned from billing federal health care programs. Instead, the provider can choose to settle the case and may need to enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement, or CIA, with the HHS-OIG.

  • Daniel R. Levinson's Keynote Address at the 2018 HCCA Compliance Institute

    May 8, 2018
    IG Levinson gives the Keynote Address onstage at the 2018 HCCA Compliance Institute

    Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives the keynote address at the 22nd Annual HCCA Compliance Institute on Monday, April 16, 2018.

  • Eye on Oversight - SBIR Grant Fraud

    March 21, 2018
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    The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides seed money to domestic start-ups and small businesses so they can develop new and advanced technologies across a wide array of industries. OIG has found instances of fraud and waste in HHS’s SBIR program. In this edition of Eye on Oversight, Operations Officer Francis Montoya describes two fraud cases involving millions in SBIR grant funds being diverted for personal use.

  • Eye on Oversight - Group Homes

    January 17, 2018
    Two women talk to each other while sitting at a table with other residents of a group home

    Every year in the United States, developmentally disabled Americans living in group homes have severe injuries and medical conditions that require trips to emergency rooms. HHS-OIG found that states failed to report up to 99 percent of these critical incidents to investigators, as required. As a result, HHS-OIG and its government partners put together a joint report to provide tools for states to drive better health and safety outcomes for group home residents.

  • Eye on Oversight - 2017 Year in Review

    December 20, 2017

    This month’s Eye on Oversight recaps OIG’s work in 2017, including topics like reaching a $155 million civil settlement with an electronic health records vendor, releasing a data brief on opioids in Medicare Part D highlighting concerns about extreme use and questionable prescribing, and the largest healthcare fraud takedown in history.

  • Eye on Oversight - Grant Management

    November 14, 2017
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    HHS is the largest grant-making organization in the federal government. OIG oversees the administration of HHS grants, a key element to ensuring that grantees expend federal funds properly and efficiently. OIG takes a multidisciplinary approach to grants management oversight. We have auditors, evaluators, investigators, data analysts, and lawyers who analyze grant programs to identify vulnerabilities and offer practical solutions to improving programs. If individuals suspect a grantee is misusing funds or that grant beneficiaries are being mistreated, please contact the OIG Hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) or online at our website,

  • Eye on Oversight - The Importance of OIG Audits

    August 7, 2017
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    OIG's Office of Audit Services is the largest civilian audit agency in the Federal Government. Through their findings, auditors have the ability to save lives and protect critical HHS programs.

  • IG Levinson's Remarks at the 2017 Health Care Fraud Takedown Press Conference

    July 19, 2017
    IG Levinson stands at a podium with a Department of Justice logo, on a stage with other officials

    Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson speaks at the July 13, 2017 press conference about the health care fraud takedown. 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 worked with state and federal law enforcement partners to coordinate this takedown.

  • Eye on Oversight: Abuse in Nursing Homes

    June 7, 2017
    An elderly woman with pills in her hand stands in front of a nurse

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

  • Eye on Oversight - Medical Identity Theft

    March 2, 2017
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    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/Medicaid under that stolen name.

  • Eye on Oversight - Exclusions

    January 17, 2017
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    The HHS OIG has authority to exclude individuals and entities from participation in Federal health care programs. An exclusion means these individuals and entities will no longer get paid through Federal healthcare programs. Employers must check that they are not employing an excluded individual because they may face a financial penalty. This video also covers the exclusions database, and possible reinstatement.

  • Eye on Oversight - 2016 Year in Review

    December 13, 2016

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