The US Department of Health and OIG has recently published its Semiannual Report to Congress (Oct. 1, 2015-March 31, 2016), outlining the OIG’s operations during the first half of FY 2016. According to the report, OIG has recovered $2.77 billion in improper payments, including $554.7 million from audits and $2.2 billion from investigations.
The recoveries made during the first 6 months of FY 2016 are nearly $1 billion more than those made during the first half of FY 2015. Further, OIG has reported 363 actions and 428 criminal actions; charged 87 individuals or organizations; and recovered $115.8 million under the Medicare Fraud Strike Force investigations during the first half of FY 2016. Lastly, OIG announced that 1,662 individuals or entities were barred from participating in the federal health care programs during this reporting period.