Obama: Hot on fraud

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

WASHINGTON--Two members of Obama’s administration announced in late May the creation of a new interagency fraud effort, the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT). Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that HEAT will focus on preventing fraud in the first place. Building on demo projects by HHS and CMS that focus on DME providers, initiatives will include increasing site visits to potential providers to prevent imposters from posing as legitimate providers; increasing training for providers on Medicare compliance; and improving data sharing between CMS and law enforcement.