The Medicare audit reform bill, introduced by Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), will weaken the federal government’s flagship healthcare program.
“Every year, more than $65 billion in improper payments are made to healthcare providers due to fraud, waste, abuse, and billing errors,” Amanda Keating, a spokesperson for the American Coalition for Healthcare Claims Integrity, said in a written statement to RACmonitor. “This puts a tremendous burden on a Medicare system already struggling to remain solvent. Restricting audits runs counter to the growing need for transparency and accountability in the program.”
“Our coalition’s goal is to tell the story of the more than $3.4 billion recovered for Medicare since 2009, and the billions more that stand to be recovered as audits continue,” Keating explained. “In our view, the recovery process strengthens the Medicare program, ensuring its long-term viability.”
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