Managed Care

The growth of managed care over the last several years has changed fundamental aspects of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This significant shift transformed how the government pays for and covers health care for approximately 100 million enrollees.

The OIG has designated oversight of managed care as a priority area. OIG has developed a strategy to align its audits, evaluations, investigations, and enforcement of managed care. The HHS-OIG Strategic Plan for Oversight of Managed Care for Medicare and Medicaid has three goals:

  1. Promote access to care for people enrolled in managed care
  2. Provide comprehensive financial oversight
  3. Promote data accuracy and encourage data-driven decisions

OIG developed the managed care life cycle to guide oversight and enforcement work. The life cycle of managed care is fourfold: plan establishment and contracting, enrollment, payment, and the provision of services. Each stage of this life cycle raises different risks and vulnerabilities.

Source: Managed Care / US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General

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