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OIG Annual Work Plan Adds Monthly Updates

on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 in Health Law Advisory: Zachary J. Buxton, Editor

In an effort to reflect a more “dynamic” work planning process, the OIG recently announced that, effective June 15, 2017, it went beyond its mid-year update by adding monthly updates to the annual Work Plan which are posted on the OIG’s website. See https://oig.hhs.gov/reports-and-publications/workplan/index.asp

The OIG’s Work Plan is comprehensive in that it reports audits and evaluations that are either planned or ongoing not only for the OIG’s Office of Audit Services and Office of Evaluation and Inspections; but also for activities conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid,  the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and a variety of human services agencies such as the Administration for Children and Families and the Administration on Aging and more.

The monthly updates include new Work Plan projects on the “Recently Added Items” page.  In addition, completed items will be removed and recently published reports will be updated monthly on the “What’s New” page.

The OIG’s Work Plan has long been an important resource for providers to use to help assess and prioritize compliance risk.  With addition of the monthly updates, it becomes more time sensitive and important than ever that compliance officers, committees and others with compliance responsibilities consult the OIG website on a monthly basis in order to stay on top of new developments.  

Julie A. Knutson 

 

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