OIG releases strategic plan

Thursday, November 21, 2013

BALTIMORE – One of the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG’s) four goals for the next four years is to fight fraud, waste and abuse, according to a strategic plan released Nov. 21.

The OIG says it plans to continue and expand existing initiatives in this area, like the Medicare Fraud Strike Force and the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program.

The agency also says it plans to focus on compliance issues related to fraud, waste and abuse. It plans to promote compliance, resolve noncompliance issues and help the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assess whether providers are qualified to take part in government healthcare programs, according to the report.

Additionally, the OIG plans to take successful models, such as the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, and use them in other HHS programs, focusing on discouraging waste and promoting Medicare and Medicaid integrity. 

Other goals in the plan include promoting quality, safety and value; fostering financial stewardship and a high-performing healthcare system; and promoting expertise while leaning on leading-edge technology and tools.