OIG pats itself on the back
WASHINGTON - The OIG in early December reported $35.4 billion in healthcare savings and expected recoveries for fiscal year 2005, more than doubling its performance from the previous year.
The office's activities included the exclusion of 3,806 individuals and entities from the Medicare program for fraud and abuse, including DME providers from numerous states. The OIG, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, made the claims in its semi-annual report to Congress.
Broken down, the $35.4 billion in savings and recoveries represents $32.6 billion in implemented recommendations that put funds to better use, $1.2 billion in audit receivables and $1.6 billion in investigative receivables.