On April 4, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder discussed measures currently being taken to combat Medicare fraud. Specifically, they discussed provisions of the Affordable Care Act and the role of the Obama Administration's Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team.
Under the ACA, contractors who monitor Medicare for waste, fraud and abuse must expand their work to Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs. Another provision creates better coordination between federal and local entities, which will better allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to suspend payments to providers and suppliers suspected of fraudulent activity.
The HHS press release outlines topics discussed by Secretary Sebelius and Attorney General Holder.