OIG Advisory

OIG Advisory

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) was established at the Department of Health and Human Services by Congress in 1976 to identify and eliminate fraud, abuse, and waste in the Department's programs, including the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and to promote efficiency, economy, and effectiveness in departmental operations.

As part the OIG commitment to working with industry, it alerts providers to certain marketing and other practices used by some independent consultants that should concern providers and that may put the Medicare and Medicaid programs at increased risk of abuse. While some of the practices described in the attached bulletin (in Adobe Acrobat Reader® format; if you do not already have Acrobat on your system, you can safely download the latest version free) may not themselves rise to the level of fraud and may not be illegal in all cases, all of the practices increase the risk of abuse of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The OIG encourages providers to recognize and protect themselves and the Federal programs against these questionable practices.