The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced it would step up its efforts to identify fraud in the nation’s two health care entitlement programs with a new Command Center.
The CMS Program Integrity Command Center brings together Medicare and Medicaid officials, the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and CMS’s anti-fraud investigators. The Command Center will gather experts from all different areas – clinicians, data analysts, fraud investigators, and policy experts – to build and improve our sophisticated new predictive analytics that spot fraud, and to then move quickly on a lead, once potential fraud is identified. The technology will allow the agency to connect with field offices to track down leads in real time.
The result is that investigations that used to take days and weeks can now be done in a matter of hours. And this new technology can help detect and prevent potential problems and payments. That can mean millions of taxpayer dollars staying out of the hands of fraudsters.
The Home Care Association of Florida and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice support efforts to combat waste, fraud and abuse, while maintaining access to quality home health care services.
Tags: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS Program Integrity Command Center, Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, Office of the Inspector General