The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) core responsibility is to promote efficiency and economy in myriad programs by eliminating fraud, waste and abuse.  For years, compliance professionals have come to rely on OIG’s advisory opinions, special fraud alerts, advisory bulletins and industry-specific guidance to develop and evaluate compliance programs.  

In recent years, OIG has modernized its compliance outreach by not only producing digital content that allows federal healthcare participants to stay current on emerging issues and strengthen their existing compliance programs, but also publishing strategic Work Plans that offer insights into OIG’s priorities, helping compliance professionals with risk assessment and mitigation, and guiding the development of effective compliance programs.

Click here to read more about OIG’s efforts—especially through increased cross-component collaboration that focuses on data-driven enforcement actions and audits—and how federal healthcare participants can leverage them in their own compliance programs.

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Photo of Matthew J. Westbrook Matthew J. Westbrook

Matt is an associate in the Corporate Department and a member of the Health Care Group.  His practice focuses on providing regulatory compliance advice for the Firm’s health care clients, including service providers, health plans, operators, investors, and lenders, among others.  Matt specifically…

Matt is an associate in the Corporate Department and a member of the Health Care Group.  His practice focuses on providing regulatory compliance advice for the Firm’s health care clients, including service providers, health plans, operators, investors, and lenders, among others.  Matt specifically provides advice on fraud and abuse matters arising under the Federal False Claims Act (FCA), Civil Monetary Penalties Law (CMPL), Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), and Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law), as well as on the regulations promulgated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).