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Fraud and Abuse

These articles courtesy of the Heartland Institute:

The following articles offer information about the extent of Medicaid and Medicare fraud and some proposed solutions.


An Easy Path to Billions: Medicare and Medicaid Fraud
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5419844n
A 60 Minutes report provides jarring statistics on the amount of fraud: “The tiny medical supply company billed Medicare almost $2 million in July and a half million dollars while 60 Minutes was there in August, but we never found anybody inside, and our phone calls were never returned.”

Coburn Comments to Obama on Fraud Solutions
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/25/AR2010022502664.html
A transcript of Sen. Coburn’s remarks at Blair House, including the following: “Tomorrow, if we got together and fixed fraud [in government-run health care systems], we could cut health care [costs] 7.5 percent tomorrow for people in this country. So what we ought to do is do the Willie Sutton thing. We ought to go for where the money is.”

How to Stop Medicaid Fraud: States Must Act
http://www.city-journal.org/html/16_2_medicaid_fraud.html
A 2006 article by Stephen Malanga in City Journal outlines state-level options on responding to fraud: “Texas’s Medicaid program, which at $18 billion a year is about 60 percent smaller than New York’s, has four times as many people working to uncover fraud and prevent billing errors. In 2004, the inspector general’s office recommended 257 cases for prosecution, compared with just 37 fraud cases prosecuted in New York.”

The True Costs of Medical Fraud: Wide-Ranging Effects
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/02/06/1465148/the-full-cost-of-medical-fraud.html
Two leading University of Miami health academics, both of whom support national health care reform, say fraud cuts off resources to people who need them.

Pennsylvania Medicaid Fraud Survey Shows High Error Rates
http://www.heartland.org/healthpolicy-news.org/article/25001/
This report from Health Care News documents the fraud and abuse problems in Pennsylvania’s Medicaid system: “Auditors found the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, which administers the state’s Medicaid program, erroneously approved benefits for 1,600 of 11,700 randomly selected Medicaid recipients between January 2005 and March 2008, a 13.6 percent error rate.”

Solutions for Payment System Reform: Stop Paying the Crooks
http://www.healthtransformation.net/galleries/books/Stop%20Paying%20The%20Crooks%20v.13%20%28Read%292.pdf
This 2009 book edited by James Frogue of the Center for Health Transformation outlines the proper responses to fraud and abuse: “[T]he healthcare industry might consider emulating the payments industry, which has perfected the entire verification process–a cornerstone of low fraud rates.”

Resources on Fraud in the News
http://www.healthtransformation.net/cs/fraud_in_the_news
The Center for Health Transformation documents fraud on a running tally of news stories, updated nearly every day with stories from around the country.

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March 4, 2010 - Posted by | Cost, Fraud and Abuse, healthcare | , ,

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