Monthly Archives: November 2015

Senators Approve of Independence for Inspector General’s in Virgin Islands

Posted on November24, 2015
Members of the Committee on Government Services, Consumer and Veterans Affairs gathered on November 18th, 2015 to discuss multiple measures, including bill no. 31-0014, sponsored by Senator Clifford Graham and co-sponsored by Senators Sammuel Sanes and Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly, that aims to add more legitimacy to the Office of the Inspector General by untying it from the executive branch. This bill was brought forward because the IG's budget in the Virgin Islands has dwindled down to $2 million for fiscal year…
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HHS Office of Inspector General’s New Security Measures for 2016

Posted on November20, 2015
The HHS' Office of Inspector General (OIG) realizes that there is a growing threat to the privacy of personal health information. They wanted to effectively protect this information so they created new security measures and revised others. All of these changes have been worked into their plan for 2016. The plan, published last week, includes new controls of networked medical devices for hospitals and oversight of the security of EHRs as well as revised controls to ensure the security of…
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Home-Health Agency Owners Indicted For Stealing $13 Million From Medicare

Posted on November12, 2015
The owners, the director of nursing of patient recruiters of a home-health agency based in Houston were arrested this morning for their alleged roles in conspiracies to defraud Medicare, to pay illegal healthcare kickbacks and to commit money laundering.  The defendants were charged in an indictment unsealed on November 10, 2015. According to the indictment, Ebong Tilong, 51, and Marie Neba, 51, both of Sugar Land, Texas, used the Texas-based, home-health agency that they owned to bill Medicare for home-health services…
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U.S. Special Inspector Reported: The Pentagon Spent $43 Million on $500,000 Gas Station in Afghanistan

Posted on November02, 2015
The Pentagon “charged the American taxpayers $43 million for what is likely to be the world’s most expensive gas station,” said John Sopko, head of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, a congressionally mandated body. The amount was spent between 2011 and 2014 on construction and initial implementation of the station. The gas station in Sheberghan, Afghanistan opened in 2012 and was created to show that compressed natural gas could be used in Afghanistan in cars effectively. However, the…
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