The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created a portal for all information and announcements related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The portal can be accessed from HHS OIG’s main Web site or directly at: oig.hhs.gov/coronavirus
. HHS OIG asks for feedback from individuals or entities who need clarification on its oversight authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. HHS OIG recognizes that in the current public health emergency, the health care industry must be focused on delivering needed patient care. As part of HHS OIG’s mission to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in HHS programs, it is committed to protecting patients by ensuring that health care providers have the regulatory flexibility necessary to adequately respond to COVID-19 concerns. Therefore, HHS OIG solicits input from the health care community regarding the application of HHS OIG’s administrative enforcement authorities, including the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute and civil monetary penalty provision prohibiting inducements to beneficiaries. If you have a question regarding how HHS OIG would view an arrangement that is directly connected to the public health emergency and implicates these authorities, submit your question to: OIGComplianceSuggestions@oig.hhs.gov
. In your submission, provide sufficient facts to allow for an understanding of the key parties and terms of the arrangement at issue. HHS OIG plans to review all submissions, develop responses as appropriate to “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs), and make such responses publicly available on its Web site. Your submission of a question does not obligate HHS OIG to take action, including responding to the question, making the question public, or issuing public feedback. HHS OIG will update the FAQ document as it responds to additional FAQs.