OIG Announces Audit of CARES Act Distribution

May 26, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced the first audit of CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. Specifically, the OIG Office of Audit Services will examine the controls HHS had in place while awarding and disbursing $50 billion in Provider Relief Fund payments to hospitals and other providers. OIG will determine whether HHS’ controls ensured payments were correctly calculated and disbursed to eligible providers. OIG expects to issue the report within fiscal year 2020. More information can be found here.

IHA expects future audits to focus on providers’ use of funds, as indicated in the CARES Act Terms and Conditions, and urges all providers to continue tracking and documenting their receipt and use of COVID-related funds. Contact IHA staff if you have questions or concerns regarding the receipt and use of CARES Act or other COVID-related funds.