Setting Healthcare Audit Priorities: The OIG Issues its 2009 Work Plan
By Paul A. Gomez
Recently the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) released its areas most worthy of attention for the 2009 fiscal year. As a guidepost to the OIGs current and future audit initiatives, the 2009 Work Plan is essential reading for compliance officers and provider administrators charged with setting audit priorities for their internal corporate compliance programs. As described by the OIG, a healthy compliance program is constantly identifying new risk areas for investigation and audit. The OIG issues the Work Plan as a catalog of risk areas designed to guide hospitals and other healthcare providers and suppliers in the operation of their individual compliance plans.