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  • 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.

  • Eye on Oversight - Challenges in Indian Health Service Hospitals

    November 14, 2016
    An operating table in the middle of an empty operating room within a hospital

    Indian Health Service, or 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 they monitor quality oversight and ensure that facilities meet federal standards.

  • Eye on Oversight - Personal Care Services

    October 17, 2016
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    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.

  • Eye on Oversight - Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol

    September 15, 2016
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    If health care providers find evidence of potential fraud in Federal health care programs, they can voluntarily report it to the OIG. In this video, OIG looks at the largest self-disclosure case in history.

  • Eye On Oversight - Critical Incidents in Group Homes

    August 12, 2016
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    In the U.S., thousands of adults with developmental disabilities live in group homes. When officials fail to alert state authorities about potential abuse or neglect, this puts residents at risk. Congress requested that OIG look into critical incidents in group homes.

  • Eye on Oversight - Home Health Fraud

    June 17, 2016
    A female medical professional holds a pill bottle while speaking with two elderly patients

    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.

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

    May 11, 2016
    Daniel R. Levinson delivers the Keynote Address onstage at the 2016 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 20th Annual HCCA Compliance Institute on April 18, 2016.

  • Eye on Oversight - Kickbacks to Physicians

    May 10, 2016
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    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.

  • 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.

  • Eye on Oversight - Child Care Safety Lapses

    March 4, 2016
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    OIG found major health and safety violations in many state-licensed child care providers around the country. States should meet new legal requirements to fix these lapses.