Office of Inspector General

On November 2, 2015, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its FY 2016 Work Plan, which summarizes new and ongoing activities that OIG plans to pursue with respect to HHS programs and operations during the fiscal year.

The FY 2016 Work Plan includes a new review initiative to examine “whether FDA’s oversight of hospitals’ networked medical devices is sufficient to effectively protect associated electronic protected health information (ePHI) and ensure beneficiary safety.”  The Work Plan notes that networked medical devices, such as radiology systems and medication dispensing systems that are integrated with electronic medical records and the larger health network, “pose a growing threat to the security and privacy of personal health information.”  OIG’s Work Plans for FY 2014 and FY 2015 both included a similar review focused on oversight by CMS of hospitals’ security controls over networked medical devices.  This review activity has been removed in the FY 2016 Work Plan.

Continue Reading OIG FY 2016 Work Plan Includes Review of FDA’s Oversight of Networked Devices

On October 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Work Plan for fiscal year 2015.  Appendix B of the Work Plan outlines OIG’s plans for continued oversight of HHS agencies’ use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) funds.
Continue Reading Recovery Act Reviews Outlined in HHS OIG’s Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2015 Focus on EHR Incentive Payments