Press Release             

Contact: Akiko Takano
Deputy Director of Communications

May 14, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on
Innovations in Health Care Reform to Fight Medicare Fraud

New York, NY—The joint announcement yesterday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning new innovations made possible by the health care reform law to fight fraud, prevent waste and abuse, and protect taxpayer dollars is a consumer victory. Aggressive anti-fraud action is an investment in the future of Medicare, and will help keep the program a sustainable and reliable source of health insurance coverage for people with disabilities and older Americans for generations to come.

Specifically, the Center for Program Integrity, which builds upon the current successful collaborative efforts of HHS and DOJ, provides an opportunity to revolutionize CMS’s approach to fraud prevention by detecting fraud early and identifying and prosecuting those who violate the law quickly and effectively. These efforts not only save money but assure that patients receive high-quality care and services from reputable providers.


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