Advisory opinion program to end in three weeks

The statute that set the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) advisory opinion process in motion three years ago is set to expire in three weeks, unless Congress acts to reauthorize it.

OIG spokeswoman Alwyn Cassil confirms that her office will continue to accept and process requests for opinions received prior to Aug. 21. But she says it remains unclear how the OIG will handle any requests that come in after that date absent a legislative mandate to extend the program. Since the program was authorized three years ago, the OIG has issued 41 opinions.