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Title: Department of Health and Human Services - Office of the Inspector General - Annual Report, January 1, 1980-December 31, 1980
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Office of the Inspector General
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 82
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20201
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This 1980 annual year report presents the activities and achievements of the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the area of benefits fraud.
Abstract: The report covers these areas: health, income maintenance and assistance, human services, higher education, and administration. Each section presents the highlights of the activities of the auditors, investigators, and system analysts. In 1980, audit reports identified some $80 million in proposed adjustments. The Office of Investigations was responsible for 137 indictments, 145 convictions, and $4.7 million in savings through recoveries, fines, and restitutions for calendar year 1980. A small, interdisciplinary staff of physicians, lawyers, operations researchers, and program and management analysts was established to address antifraud and antiabuse activities in health and human services programs. Highlights of the staff's activities in 1980 were (1) review of debt collection practices in Public Health Service loan, scholarship, and award programs; (2) development of a management training program in fraud and waste prevention; and (3) independent review of the Tuskegee syphilis study, which revealed that deficiencies still existed in the way the Department selected and instructed staff serving on review panels. Tabular data are provided.
Index Term(s): Audits; Fraud and abuse prevention measures; Program abuse
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