Medicare Finds Billions In Savings To Taxpayers

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Health Insurance and Medicare Fraud

New health insurance contractors to help identify fraud, waste and abuse

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Through more aggressive local oversight and specially targeted fraud and abuse initiatives, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has saved more than $2 billion in Medicare claims in special projects focusing on infusion therapy and those services provided by Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities. CMS has made more than 980 Medicare fee-for-service program referrals to law enforcement authorities since October 2004.

In addition, CMS is continuing its aggressive local efforts in fee-for-service oversight and helping to identify and combat fraud in the new Medicare prescription drug benefit with the addition of four new Medicare Drug Integrity Contractors (MEDICs).

"CMS is using every tool available to find and fight waste, fraud and abuse across Medicare and Medicaid, to help ensure that drug benefit dollars are spent appropriately," said CMS Administrator Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D.

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