Office of Inspector General (OIG)

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) was established at the Department of Health and Human Services by Congress in 1976 to identify and eliminate fraud, abuse, and waste in the Department's programs, including the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and to promote efficiency, economy, and effectiveness in departmental operations. As part the OIG commitment to working with industry, it alerts providers to certain marketing and other practices used by some independent consultants that should concern providers and that may put the Medicare and Medicaid programs at increased risk of abuse.

How to Avoid Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse
The OIG has developed a resource for new physicians: “Avoiding Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse.” This roadmap summarizes the five main Federal fraud and abuse laws (the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, the Exclusion Statute, and the Civil Monetary Penalties Law) and provides tips on how physicians should comply with these laws in their relationships with payers, vendors and fellow providers.

OIG Annual Work Plans

OIG Work Plan for 2012: We have highlighted key areas that might impact you as an Otolaryngologist - Head and Neck Surgeon. 

OIG Work Plan for 2011: We have highlighted key areas that might impact you as an Otolaryngologist - Head and Neck Surgeon

OIG Work Plan for 2010: We have highlighted key areas of concern on the OIG work plan for 2010.

Page Last Updated: March 1, 2012

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