June HHS OIG Work Plan updates include Medicare reviews for beneficiaries during COVID-19, a report on telehealth expansion during the public health emergency, nursing home evaluations, opioid treatment during the pandemic, and more.
Learn about the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force (ARPO) and how federal and state agencies are working to curb the opioid epidemic.
Throughout the year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), as well as the Department of Justice (DOJ) and President Trump, have made it clear that opioid abuse is a primary area of focus for government agencies. In a recent announcement, Attorney General Sessions showed that the government isn’t just talking- they are taking action. On August 2nd, Attorney General Sessions announced the formation of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit. This new unit of the DOJ will be a pilot program to utilize data to help combat the opioid crisis.
Recently, the state of New Jersey ramped up its enforcement efforts by sanctioning 31 physicians for allegedly over-prescribing painkillers. This is a trend that seems to put a dent in the proliferation of addiction to pain killers, and the epidemic of pain killer narcotic over-prescription.