Fraud: the new competitive bidding


The days of writing about competitive bidding may be over (temporarily, at least), but it looks like the days of writing about fraud have just begun. In the past two months alone:

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*Two senators have pledged to make fraud prevention and detection a priority in the next Congress;
*The GAO has released a report detailing its success in getting two sham HME companies approved for Medicare billing privileges; and
*The OIG has released a report that criticizes Medicare's lackluster audits of HME claims (See blog below).

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Now you can add these, which happened this week:

*Rotech has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a Medicare fraud claim; and
*Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has sent a letter The Notebook movies Twilight dvdrip to CMS demanding a "full accounting" of improper payments.