According to its latest Semiannual Report to Congress, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expects fiscal year (FY) 2019 investigative recoveries from criminal and civil actions to top $5 billion – up from $2.9 billion in FY 2018.  Additionally, the OIG expects to recover $819 million as a result of audits.  During FY 2019, the OIG brought a total of 809 criminal actions and 695 civil actions, and excluded 2,640 individuals and entities from federal health care programs.  The Semiannual Report also notes the OIG’s preparations for changes in the health care industry, stating that “OIG is preparing to oversee emerging technology-enriched, value-driven health and human services programs with investments in the expertise of our people, as well as proven technologies and data capabilities.”