Home Health & Hospice

Q: What can agencies learn from the annual OIG Work Plan? How should it be read?

Homecare Insider, February 10, 2014

Q: What can agencies learn from the annual OIG Work Plan? How should it be read?
 
A:  The OIG explains this within their current Work Plan by saying:
The OIG Work Plan outlines our current focus areas and states the primary objectives of each project. The word “new” after a project title indicates the project did not appear in the previous Work Plan. At the end of each project description, we provide the internal identification code for the review (if a number has been assigned), the year in which we expect one or more reports to be issued as a result of the review, and whether the work was in progress at the start of the fiscal year or is planned as a new start. Typically, a review designated as “work in progress” will result in reports issued in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, but a review designated as “new start,” meaning it is slated to begin in FY 2014, could result in an FY 2014 or FY 2015 report, depending upon the time when the assignments are initiated during the year and the complexity and scope of the examinations.