STOP fraud, abuse

Sunday, May 31, 2009

WASHINGTON--Sens. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, re-introduced the STOP Act in May. The Seniors and Taxpayers Obligation Protection Act, S. 975, targets Medicare waste, fraud and abuse. AAHomecare pointed out in a release that many of the measures outlined in the bill mirror the association’s 13-point plan for stopping fraud and abuse. Those measures include pre-enrollment visits and unannounced site visits for new HME providers, and real-time data analysis to identify and investigate unusual billing and ordering practices. Martinez and Cornyn introduced the STOP Act for the first time last year. The senators say Medicare and Medicaid fraud costs taxpayers an estimated $60 billion each year.