OIG Workplan Update: From Opioid Misuse to Elder Abuse

The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) continues to update its Work Plan monthly. As we previously noted, the OIG has gone from an annual update to monthly updates as a way to enhance transparency. It sets forth various projects including OIG audits and evaluations that are underway […]

Proposed Opioid Bill Ensures Patient Privacy While Helping MDs Make Rx Decisions

An estimated one-in-three Americans had a prescription for opioids in 2015 and that number continues to grow. With that growth has come a startling increase in the number of overdose deaths. The National Center for Health Statistics reported that overdose deaths hit a record 19.9 per 100,000 population in the third quarter of 2016, up […]

Opioid Crackdown Requires Increased Focus on Compliance

It’s not just drug dealers and traffickers selling opioids who have become the target of law enforcement. Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, along with state and federal law enforcement partners, targeted healthcare providers. The agency announced that 412 defendants including 115 doctors, nurses and other […]

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