Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Health care fraud in Medicare and Medicaid programs

From the Washington Post article:
Health-care fraud is among the top enforcement priorities of the new team at the Justice Department, which is working closely with the inspector general at HHS and the FBI to collect and analyze computerized information about fraudulent claims.

As part of the effort, authorities this afternoon launched a new task force, the Health Care Enforcement Action Team, to be led by senior officials at Justice and HHS.

"With this announcement, we raise the stakes on health-care fraud," Holder said.

Trade groups estimate that as much as 3 percent of health-care spending, or $60 billion, is lost to fraud each year.
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