OIG Reports on COVID-19 Plans and Actions

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its semiannual report to Congress on June 1, 2020. In the document, the OIG reported on its COVID-19 pandemic activities. By mid-March, OIG had developed a dedicated system to report fraud schemes for COVID-19, issued a Special Fraud Alert on COVID-19 to protect Medicare beneficiaries from identity theft, issued a Policy Statement to waive cost-sharing requirements for telehealth services, and initiated an assessment of the Centers for Disease Control’s provision of COVID-19 test kits and its oversight of laboratory testing. The OIG also reported that they protected quarantined patients at health care facilities and aided in the safe transport of patients to and from health care facilities.

The OIG released a strategic work plan that discusses audits of distributions from the Provider Relief Fund and as part of that effort they also announced a new audit work plan to examine the effectiveness of HHS controls over the awarding, distributing, and spending of Provider Relief Funds through the general distribution.

 

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