OIG Issues Semiannual Report to Congress  

The U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has issued its Spring 2020 Semiannual Report to Congress.

The report describes OIG’s work identifying significant risks, problems, abuses, deficiencies, remedies, and investigative outcomes in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programs and operations (including home health and hospice) that were disclosed October 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.

The Report is here.

In the report, OIG reviews its actions in response to COVID-19, including: a dedicated system to report fraud schemes by actors seeking to exploit the public health crisis; OIG’s issuance of a Special Fraud Alert on COVID-19 to protect Medicare beneficiaries from identity theft; an OIG policy statement to waive cost-sharing requirements for telehealth services; and OIG’s move to assess the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) provision of COVID-19 test kits and its oversight of laboratory testing.