Medicare fraud: 'Much more needs to be done'

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the House of Representatives will hold a hearing Nov. 28 to “assess current anti-fraud measures employed by CMS and explore potential new approaches to address these substantial and ongoing threats.”

The Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health will hold the hearing at 10 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.

The witnesses scheduled to testify at the hearing are:

•    Neville Pattinson, senior vice president of government affairs, standards and business development, Gemalto, on behalf of the Secure ID Coalition;
•    Dan Olson, director of fraud prevention, Health Information Designs;
•    Alanna Lavelle, director investigations, East Region/Special Investigations Unit, Wellpoint;
•    Michael Terzich, senior vice president, global sales and marketing, Zebra Technologies; and
•    Louis Saccocccio, CEO, National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association

“Each year, the Medicare program loses tens of billions of dollars to fraud and abuse,” the subcommittee states in an announcement. “With estimates predicting the Medicare program set to go bankrupt as soon as 2017, much more needs to be done to ensure that our seniors’ health care dollars are protected.”