The Medicare Fraud Strike Force announced the arrest of 90 people, including doctors and nurses, suspected of fleecing taxpayers of $260 million through Medicare fraud. U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady applauded the mission’s success, while again encouraging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to do more to stop fraud from occurring in the first place.
“Every dollar lost to Medicare fraud is a dollar flagrantly stolen from America’s elderly and disabled,” said the Texas Republican. “With Medicare’s trust fund on the path to insolvency, we must stop the bleeding. That means only paying verified claims. Until Medicare stops paying first and checking later, criminals will continue to drain the system at the expense of those who paid in.”
Brady’s subcommittee held an April hearing to address Medicare fraud and improper payments. Expert witnesses identified vulnerabilities in the system and proposed solutions to stop improper payments to fraudsters. “Strategies and new technology can be used to stop this fraud,” concluded Brady. “It’s time to move forward with bipartisan legislation that protects our seniors, bolsters the Medicare Trust Fund and ensures appropriate use of limited taxpayer funds.”
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