OIG COVID-19 flexibilities, including the Policy Statements and FAQs referenced below, ended upon the expiration of the COVID-19 Declaration on May 11, 2023. For more information, see this announcement.
We are committed to protecting patients by aiding health care providers as they respond to COVID-19 concerns.
Policies & Guidance
Given the challenges of this pandemic, we are coordinating closely with HHS, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and our law enforcement partners to support the health care system's response to COVID-19.
We issue policy statements notifying health care providers that OIG will not impose administrative sanctions under the Federal anti-kickback statute for certain remuneration related to COVID-19. These measures are intended to ensure that health care providers have the regulatory flexibility necessary to adequately respond to COVID-19 concerns and deliver needed care during this emergency.
We accept inquiries from the health care community regarding the application of OIG's administrative enforcement authorities, including the Federal anti-kickback statute and civil monetary penalty provision, for their COVID-19-related care delivery activities. In answering the questions and posting the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to our website, we aim to support providers as they address their patients' needs during the pandemic.
This is not intended to be a formal agency solicitation. OIG welcomes questions from the health care community related to the application of OIG's authorities during the outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The receipt of a question does not obligate OIG to take action, including responding to the question, making questions public, or issuing public guidance. Complaints about fraud, waste, or abuse in HHS programs should not be submitted to this portal but should instead be submitted to tips.hhs.gov, or individuals may call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).