Wednesday, May 20, 2009
With tens of billions of dollars lost annually to Medicare fraud, federal officials are beefing up strike forces in key cities around the country, including Miami, Los Angeles, Detroit and Houston.
Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in Washington on Wednesday the new interagency effort will increase manpower in those cities and train providers on Medicare compliance to prevent fraud. Miami accounts for more than $3 billion a year in Medicare fraud.
The president's budget allows $311 million, a 50 percent increase since 2009, to combat fraud. Officials say strike forces have been the most effective tool. Since 2007, Miami's force has convicted 146 individuals and recovered $186 million.