This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a series of new programs to fight fraud, waste, and abuse within the Medicaid program. This announcement follows an April report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that improper Medicaid payments—a category that includes fraudulent claims—reached $37 billion last year.
Among the new initiatives announced this week:
In this week’s press release, CMS Administrator Seema Verma emphasized that the agency “will use the tools we have to hold states accountable as we work with them to keep Medicaid sound and safeguarded for beneficiaries.” Of course, one other important tool to keep Medicaid sound is whistleblowers who are willing to come forward and report on Medicaid fraud. The federal False Claims Act covers claims for fraud against Medicaid, and more than half of all states have false claims act statutes of their own.
CMS’s full press release can be found here.
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