President Obama and his administration are stepping up their fight against health care fraud in an effort to save Americans billions of dollars. They announced last week that they are sharing new data and investigative know-how on a scale we have not seen before to shut off as many questionable payments as possible. Health care fraud costs our country too much money and initiatives should be taken to decrease the impact.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made a statement at the White House event with many insurance executives in regards to the health care fraud issue. She said a new public-private partnership will give government programs and insurers the power to take the high ground against fraudulent claims in an effort to stop the scam artists in their tracks. Many perpetrators take advantage of the weaknesses in the health care system and through a unified front the activity and be brought to light.
According to Mark S. Smith and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar’s article on HuffingtonPost.com, health care fraud is an major problem affecting many big programs including Medicare and Medicaid. Private insurance companies also feel the wrath of fraudulent activity and everyone agrees that solving the problem must be a focus. The partnership between private and public programs still has many details to be ironed out, but there should soon be a budget assigned as well as a goal to start seeing results in as little as six months.
This partnership is unique in the sense that it brings together two forces that often see themselves working against each other. By coming together they can be a team working against a group of people who attack the weak areas caused by the “feud”. This is a huge and necessary step towards cleaning up the weaknesses in America’s health care system.
Many insurance companies are frustrated with President Obama’s health care reform and the President continues to hone in on the abuses he believes many insurers are permitting. They don’t always see eye to eye on Medicare and Medcaid and they definitely work against each other at times. Despite their differences, these two entities are coming together to stop fraud quickly and ultimately save the industry, the government and Americans a lot of money.
Written by Sam Tabes
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