The HEAT is on as Feds Launch Crackdown on Healthcare Fraud

ericHolder.jpgAccording to a press release, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder launched an interagency high-level task force to help detect and prevent health-care fraud, which robs the nation’s coffers of billions of dollars each year.
The Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services directed federal investigators and prosecutors to expand special strike forces to Detroit and Houston, where “erratic” billing data suggest high levels of fraud, waste and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid programs. The first of these task forces was launched in Miami and then expanded to Houston and Los Angeles.
The new task force, the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team, or HEAT, would be run from the sebeliusThumbnail.jpghighest levels of government. The Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team will be composed of senior-level officials at the Justice Department and HHS. The group will use electronic claims data, as well as the threat of federal prosecution, to look for unusual billing problems.
To read more about about the HEAT initiative, click here and here.