tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2003 Issue 15

Fraud & Abuse: YOUR PATIENTS ARE WATCHING YOU

Your Medicare patients are more likely than ever to have been trained on ferreting out fraud and abuse in the Medicare program. The Department of Health and Human Services' Senior Medicare Patrol Projects, an HHS initiative designed to educate Medicare beneficiaries on ways to weed out fraud and abuse in federal health care programs, is still going strong. According to the HHS Office of Inspector General, nearly 1.1 million beneficiaries have been trained since the first projects were launched in 1997. Project data indicates that 34,700 volunteers have conducted more than 200,000 training sessions to hit...

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