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OIG Task List [Healthcare Compliance Tips]

Review the OIG task list and activate.

Before considering compliance activities or team roles, review strategies for implementation and monitoring; the wrong approach will make or break your practice, especially if you are subject to an OIG investigation.

Remember, the OIG can tell who left their compliance plan on the shelf “to collect dust.” Ensure it is fully functioning and your employees are following it verbatim.

To start, the OIG Federal Register, created in the year 2000, is the suggested guide all practices should utilize when building an effective compliance program.

In this Register, the OIG provided a list of six strategies to start your team on the road to success.   The team strategies are:

1.   Implementation

Oversee and monitor the implementation of the compliance program.

2. Auditing

Establish methods, such as periodic audits, to improve the practice’s efficiency and quality of services and reduce the practice’s vulnerability to fraud and abuse.

3. Training

Develop, coordinate, and participate in a training program that focuses on the compliance program components and ensures that training materials are appropriate.

4.  Exclusion List Review

Ensure the HHS-OIG’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities and the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) List of Parties Debarred from Federal Programs have been checked regarding all employees, medical staff, and independent contractors.

5.  Investigation & Corrective Action

Investigate any report or allegation concerning possible unethical or improper business practices and monitoring subsequent corrective action and/or compliance.

6.  Monitoring

Periodically revise the compliance program per changes in standards or laws that affect your practice (i.e., HIPAA, OSHA, etc.).

As always, tailor the strategies to your specialty. And, in my next post, I will discuss how to reinvent your team based on these strategies.


**The opinions and observations from the group/author are not a promise to exempt your practice from fines and penalties.  Research, modify and tailor the advice to fit your specialty.

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Joi Sherrod, MPH, CPC, CPCO
Joi Sherrod, MPH, CPC, CPCO
Joi is an educator and owner of JNC Healthcare Compliance Group. After working for distinguished academic teaching hospitals and clinics, she is passionate about helping medical, dental, and behavioral health practices rethink healthcare compliance one trend at a time. Contact Joi at