Health Care Fraud Enforcement Packs New Heat

As part of ongoing efforts to prevent and fight health care fraud, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to acquire and new state-of-the-art predictive modeling fraud fighting analytic tools to prevent wasteful and fraudulent payments in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program before they occur  As Sebelius and Holder made the announcement at a Fraud Prevention Summit held at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, CMS issued a solicitation for state-of-the-art fraud fighting analytic tools to help the agency predict and prevent potentially wasteful, abusive or fraudulent payments before they occur.   These actions come as CMS and the Justice Department are touting record recoveries from already ongoing enforcement actions.

CMS intends to use these new tools into the National Fraud Prevention Program and to complement and expand fraud detection and enforcement work and practices utilized by the joint HHS and Department of Justice Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) in recent years. 

CMS is already starting to take administrative action to stop payments in various pilot programs or other anti-fraud initiatives.  The move to acquire and use additional predictive model tools comes as CMS is implementing new and expanded health care fraud detection and enforcement authority provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act).  CMS and the Justice Department are moving aggressively to take advantage of these new powers and resources.  In recent months HHS founded the new Center for Program Integrity within CMS would focus on identifying and stopping fraud and acting swiftly to protect beneficiaries. It also proposed new rules implementing enhanced health care fraud investigation and enforcement powers enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act. 

Meanwhile, CMS and the Justice Department have continued to aggressively investigate and prosecute suspected health care fraud.  Already, stepped up fraud enforcement efforts have produced significant recoveries. In Fiscal Year 2010, the Department of Justice obtained settlements and judgments of more than $2.5 billion in False Claims Act matters alleging health care fraud. This is more than ever before obtained in a single year, up from $1.68 billion in Fiscal Year 2009.

In light of these developments, health care providers should tighten billing and other compliance practices and monitoring of enforcement and other oversight activities by CMS and the Justice Department.   Get more details here.

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The author of this update, attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, has extensive experience advising and assisting health care providers and other health industry clients to respond to these and other health care industry enforcement and other compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management matters.

Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience advising physicians, hospitals and other health industry clients about regulatory compliance and enforcement, quality assurance, peer review, licensing and discipline, and other medical staff performance matters.  She continuously advises health industry clients about the use of technology, process and other mechanisms to promote compliance and internal controls, workforce and medical staff performance, quality, governance, reimbursement, and other risk management and operational needs. As part of this experience, she has worked extensively with health care providers, payers, health care technology and consulting and other health industry clients, as well as other businesses, on privacy, data security, trade secret and related matters. A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry concerns, Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health care compliance, staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, technology, medical staff, public policy, reimbursement, privacy, technology, and other health and managed care industry regulatory, and other operations and risk management concerns for medical societies and staffs, hospitals, the HCCA, American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association and many other health industry groups and symposia.  Her highly popular and information packed programs include many highly regarded publications on HIPAA, FACTA, medical confidentiality, state identity theft and privacy and other many other related matters.  Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications. To review some of her many publications and presentations, or for additional information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here.

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