fighting fraud

Peter Budetti (LA Times): ….. Medicare is a success story, providing high-quality benefits and a strong safety net for seniors and people with disabilities. But as costs have grown … so have the opportunities for criminals to commit fraud.

In his Aug. 21 Times Op-Ed article, Malcolm Sparrow focused on one part of this problem, explaining how criminals take advantage of Medicare’s electronic payment system to make false claims. But what Sparrow does not mention is that over the last two years the Obama administration has undertaken an ambitious effort to rid Medicare of criminals, and we are turning the electronic payment system to our advantage in that fight.

Since President Obama took office, we have conducted an unprecedented crackdown on those who steal from Medicare, giving law enforcement greater resources, putting more boots on the ground and increasing penalties. In 2010, these efforts recovered a record $4 billion in taxpayer money.

But we’re not just prosecuting fraud. We’re also taking steps to prevent it…. (see article for details)

In the past our response to fraud was often so fragmented because different jurisdictions didn’t have easy ways to share information …. Today, not only do we have all our claims data visible in one place in real time, we’re also adding other sources of information such as the many tips that come in to our 1-800-MEDICARE hotline….

…. For criminals looking to get rich, Medicare’s electronic payment system was once an easy target. In the fight against fraud today, it’s quickly becoming one of our own greatest weapons.

Full article here

Peter Budetti is the deputy administrator and director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Center for Program Integrity

Thanks Tally 😉

9 Responses to “fighting fraud”

  1. 1 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

    You can take my wonderful Govenor, Rick Scott..NOT and put him in prison NOW. Florida…if we ever sit out another election…..

    GOTV now!

    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      August 29, 2011 at 11:29 am

      I moved out of Florida, just in time to miss Scott in that “role.” So sorry for you guys! He’s positively crazy.

    • 3 Sue in Minnesota
      August 29, 2011 at 11:35 am

      How he got elected is beyond me. Way…way..beyond me, simply does not compute.

      Brick by brick, in often unnoticed and unsung ways this administration, under President Obama’s steadfast leadership is rebuilding and fortifying the foundation of this country …our government. The American people need to realize how important it is that he be reelected in 2012, and that a supportive Congress in installed.

      • August 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

        And Is beyond me too, and I live here In South Florida 😦 I’m happy to say that he didn’t get my vote, but too many others voted him In 😦 😦 Yes, what a sorry excuse for a Governor

        • 5 Sue in Minnesota
          August 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

          It really does defy reason, to knowingly put a fox (and I’m not talking about his optics cause I think he is scary looking) in the hen house.

  2. 6 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 29, 2011 at 11:17 am


  3. 7 jacquelineoboomer
    August 29, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Carol somebody on CNN (kind of mockingly) showed a clip of Rep. Ron Paul saying (again) how unnecessary FEMA was and how FEMA “stopped volunteers from going in.” As an aside, Suzanne Malveaux then mentioned (mockingly, about Katrina) that she and the other reporter were with President Bush when he uttered, “Good job, Brownie … ”

    On the same show, Suzanne showed Democratic Gov. Peter Shulman of VT, who said (paraphrased), “President Obama and his FEMA team were extraordinary … ” – and mentioned the Republican governors of other states, including NJ, agreed with him.

    Some of the dialogue seems to be changing.

    Also noted: Katrina hit six years ago, today. Katrina survivors, you are still in our thoughts!

  4. August 29, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Smart, intelligent, up-to-date governance! Helping government drag itself up to the 21st century from way back where the last governing tools left it. America, these programmes NEED the exposure to four more years of President Obama and his administration. Please don’t hand the national keys to the GOP, and please move them further away from governing so that they can’t keep trying to puncture the tires!

  5. 9 utaustinliberal
    August 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Brilliant news. This is effective government and this is what we do.

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