OIG reports fraud hotline results for first quarter of fiscal year 2023

The OIG Fraud Hotline reported 7,602 contacts in the first quarter of fiscal year 2023. They subsequently referred 1,762 allegations for further investigation or action to the appropriate OIG division.

The OIG Fraud Hotline is an avenue for the public to report suspicious behavior involving a health care provider or client who may be abusing Medicaid or other Health and Human Services benefits. When contacting the hotline, users will be asked basic questions to help OIG customer service representatives determine if allegations need to be referred to preliminary investigation. Callers can remain anonymous if they choose.

Of the 1,762 referrals in the first quarter of the fiscal year, 1,387 involved benefit recipients, 213 involved EBT retailers, 121 involved medical providers, 40 involved HHS employees or contractors and one involved a State Supported Living Center or State Hospital. 

Based on the preliminary investigation findings, those cases will ultimately be closed, concluded with a recommendation for education, referred to another agency or entity, or referred for a full-scale investigation.

If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse related to an HHS program, contact the OIG Fraud Hotline at 800-436-6184 or visit ReportTexasFraud.com.