The HHS OIG plays a vital role in preventing fraud, waste, and abuse within the department, which administers critical health and human services programs.
This article provides an overview of the HHS OIG, its law enforcement mission, and the personnel responsible for enforcing the mission.
Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG)
- Mission: The primary mission of HHS OIG is to protect the integrity of HHS programs and the well-being of the beneficiaries they serve by detecting and preventing fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement within the department.
- Law Enforcement Mission: The HHS OIG’s law enforcement mission focuses on investigating and enforcing federal laws related to healthcare fraud, program integrity, and the protection of HHS beneficiaries.
- Enforcement Personnel: Special Agents within the HHS OIG Office of Investigations are responsible for enforcing the agency’s law enforcement mission. These highly trained professionals conduct criminal, civil, and administrative investigations related to HHS programs and operations.
Duties and Responsibilities of HHS OIG Special Agents
- Investigate cases of fraud, waste, and abuse within HHS programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Conduct investigations related to the illegal marketing, pricing, or distribution of prescription drugs and medical devices
- Pursue cases involving the abuse or neglect of patients in federally funded healthcare facilities
- Collaborate with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to share intelligence, coordinate investigations, and enhance overall program integrity Provide training and technical assistance to HHS program officials, grantees, and contractors to help prevent fraud, waste, and abuse
- Educate the public and HHS beneficiaries about healthcare fraud prevention and reporting suspicious activities
HHS OIG Special Agents are responsible for investigating and enforcing federal laws related to healthcare fraud, program integrity, and the protection of HHS beneficiaries.
By executing their duties and responsibilities, Special Agents contribute to safeguarding critical health and human services programs, ensuring the well-being of millions of Americans.