DHHS OIG: Banned Medicaid Providers Move to Other States to Stay in Business

Posted on August06, 2015
Medical providers banned from a Medicaid program in one state are able to participate in another state‚Äôs program, flouting regulations that are designed to stop such practices. A study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that about half of the states were unable to terminate improperly enrolled providers that were part of privately run Medicaid managed-care programs. The report from the federal auditor found that of the 1,539 healthcare providers…
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President Urged to Fill Vacant IG Positions

Posted on June02, 2015
Several members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the President "asking him to name a new inspector general for the Department of the Interior." This letter follows a similar letter sent by Senate members in April requesting the President to fill the 10 vacant IG positions in the federal government. House Majority Leader Keven McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Bob Bishop (R-UT), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Rep. Kevin Calvert (R-CA) all signed the letter to the President. The…
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Senators Seeking to Improve Inspector General Power

Posted on March05, 2015
Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) proposed a new bill that would give "inspectors general more tools to investigate agencies and ferret out improper payments, and it helps ensure the independence of our federal watchdogs." Congress recently heard complaints for several federal inspectors general about stonewalls from agencies during investigations. In addition to the new bill, the senators sent letters to 72 federal inspectors general requesting information about unimplemented recommendations or interference from agencies in…
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