Each month, we are pleased to share the most recent additions to the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) Work Plan items. Starting in June 2017 – OIG has been updating its Work Plan monthly with any new changes to the active list. Let’s take a look at the new updates from this month.
What is the OIG Work Plan?
The HHS OIG Work Plan sets forth various projects that OIG plans to undertake during the fiscal year (FY) and beyond.
Projects listed in the Work Plan span HHS’s operating divisions, including the following:
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
- Administration for Community Living (ACL)
- Various state and local governments – evaluating the use of federal funds as well as the administration of HHS
*Some of the projects described in the Work Plan are statutorily required.
The December agenda includes 5 new items from HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG). Let’s walk through this latest release so you can address it within your compliance program, if applicable.
- Emergency Preparedness and Response at Care Provider Facilities in the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Unaccompanied Alien Children Program
- Audit of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Cybersecurity Controls Over the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
- National Background Check Program for Long-Term-Care Providers: Assessment of State Programs Concluded in 2019
- Post-Award State or Tribal Audits of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Opioid Response Grants
Emergency Preparedness and Response at Care Provider Facilities in the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Unaccompanied Alien Children Program
The Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program is responsible for providing safety and care for children entering the United States without a guardian. UAC care providers are responsible for safety planning for each facility, to include a written safety plan for all UAC children in its care and program staff.
HHS OIG plans to review UAC program emergency preparedness and response plans and procedures. The audit objective will be to determine whether selected care provider facilities followed federal and state requirements in preparing for and responding to emergency events.
Audit of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Cybersecurity Controls Over the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) run by CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), serves as an early warning system to detect possible safety issues with U.S. vaccines by collecting information about adverse events (possible side effects or health problems) that occur after vaccination.
HHS OIG will be evaluating whether select VAERS cybersecurity controls are in place, in accordance with federal requirements.
National Background Check Program for Long-Term-Care Providers: Assessment of State Programs Concluded in 2019
Under the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provide grants to states to implement background check programs for prospective employees and providers of long-term-care services.
HHS OIG will review the implementation of select program requirements for conducting background checks on prospective employees of long-term-care facilities and providers who would have direct access to patients.
Post-Award State or Tribal Audits of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Opioid Response Grants
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded a series of grants for states to combat the opioid crisis, including State Targeted Response (STR), State Opioid Response (SOR), and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grants.
HHS OIG will be auditing the implementation of these opioid grant programs and measuring the effectiveness of increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment needs, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths.
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Written by Michael Rosen, Esq.
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