VA, HHS partner on fraud prevention

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS are partnering to strengthen fraud prevention efforts.

The agencies will share data, analytics tools and best practices for identifying and preventing fraud, waste and abuse, according to a press release.

The VA plans to capitalize on the advancements CMS has made in this area, particularly the agency’s use of advanced technology, statistics and analytics to improve fraud detection and prevention efforts.

“We have a special obligation to keep America’s promise to those who have served our country and ensure that veterans receive high-quality and accessible health care,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “CMS is sharing lessons learned and expertise to support VA to identify waste and fraud and eliminate these abuses of the public trust. Using state-of-the-art data analytics, CMS is partnering with VA to better detect and prevent wrongdoing in its programs.”

CMS estimates its program integrity efforts saved Medicare $17 billion in fiscal year 2015.