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Coalition: Legislation Will Limit Programs that Fight Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Medicare

 

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March 12, 2013

Coalition: Legislation Will Limit Programs that Fight Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Medicare

Bill seeks to curtail the ability of auditors to carry out highly effective waste, fraud and abuse prevention programs

Washington, D.C.The American Coalition for Healthcare Claims Integrity (ACHCI) issued the following statement regarding new legislation introduced today by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) that aims to limit the number of documents that recovery auditors can request from hospitals (to 500 per 45 days) during the recovery audit process:

“While we have not had an opportunity to review the legislation in its entirety, we are discouraged that once again efforts are afoot in Congress that would seek to take the teeth out of recovery programs that have returned more than $3.4 billion to the Medicare trust fund since 2009,” said coalition spokesperson Becky Reeves.

“Our coalition members work independently and at no cost to hospitals to protect Medicare and Medicaid, and identify instances where improper billing or mistakes have occurred. Last year billing mistakes and fraud accounted for more than $65 billion in improper payments. Our primary focus is to help root out waste, fraud and abuse in an effort to ensure the long-term viability of Medicare for seniors and beneficiaries.”

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