OIG’s Top Unimplemented Recommendations Solutions To Reduce Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in HHS Programs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

OIG’s Top Unimplemented Recommendations: Solutions To Reduce Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in HHS Programs is an annual publication (99 pages) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG). In this edition, we focus on the top 25 unimplemented recommendations that, in OIG’s view, would most positively affect HHS programs in terms of cost savings, public health and safety, and program effectiveness and efficiency, if implemented. These recommendations come from OIG audits and evaluations performed pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended. This publication is responsive to requirements of the Inspector General Act.

The top 25 unimplemented recommendations in this edition derive from audits and evaluations issued through December 31, 2020. As such, many of these recommendations predate the COVID-19 public health emergency. We recognize that COVID-19 response and recovery efforts continue to be a top priority for HHS, including OIG. As of September 21, 2021, OIG had 58 audits and evaluations underway related to COVID-19 response and recovery, which may result in recommendations that appear in future editions. OIG’s completed and ongoing work related to COVID-19 is available via the COVID-19 Portal on our website.”

I encourage you to take the time to review the publication, including OIG recommendations and the information found in all 3 Appendices.