Office of Inspector General (OIG)

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is charged with the responsibility for conducting audits, civil, and criminal investigations for all AHCCCS programs involving state and/or federal tax dollars. This office is also responsible for overseeing provider enrollment, re-enrollment, and re-validation functions.

The OIG is designated as a criminal justice agency and is authorized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Arizona Department of Public Safety to access criminal justice information relevant to official investigations. The office has statutory authority to issue subpoenas and place persons under oath to obtain evidence for investigations..

Additionally, the OIG works closely with Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies in the detection, investigation and prosecution of any provider, subcontractor, member, entity, or employee involved in fraudulent, abusive, or wasteful activity involving the state Medicaid program. In addition to criminal investigations, OIG also issues and collects civil monetary penalties in accordance with Federal and State statutes, rules, and regulations.