Tuesday, December 2, 2014

OIG 2014 Top Management & Performance Challenges

Dianne De La Mare

The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its annual summary of the agencies most significant management and performance challenges. The OIG has identified ten challenges where it believes either HHS has had vulnerabilities over recent years or that it believes that HHS will face in the future.

Specifically, OIG identifies: 1) Implementing, operating and overseeing the health insurance marketplaces; 2) Ensuring appropriate Use of prescription drugs in Medicare and Medicaid; 3) Protecting an expanding Medicaid program from fraud, waste and abuse; 4) Fighting waste and fraud and Promoting value in Medicare Parts A and B; 5) Ensuring quality in nursing home, hospice and Home- and Community-Based Care; 6) The meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic health information; 7) Effectively operating public HHS programs to best serve program beneficiaries; 8) Ensuring effective financial and administrative management; 9) Protecting HHS grants and contract funds from fraud, waste and abuse; and 10) Ensuring the safety of food, drugs and medical devices.

To obtain a full copy of the OIG report go to http://oig.hhs.gov/reports-and-publications/top-challenges/2014/.

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