Why is the government ramping up RAC audits? Health care fraud costs US Taxpayers $60 Billion a year. Federal Agents charged close to 1,500 people last year alone.
Ever wonder why the government is spending more and more money on RAC audits and other fraud detection and deterrence initiatives? Each year it seems the Department of Justice and Office of Inspector General uncover more and more shocking examples of fraud and abuse. In the last year alone the feds have arrested con artists who steal Medicare numbers from the elderly in order to submit false claims, doctors that prescribe excessive amounts of controlled substances so they can sell them on the streets, even some who steal federal grant money intended for cancer or autism research. Not only are these acts deplorable and morally reprehensible because they steal money that is intended for the disadvantaged, the poor, and the sick - these criminals cost US Taxpayers $60 Billion (with a B) a year. Tom Costello contributed this report this morning on the Today Show. Be sure to assess your practice for any compliance risks, implement a strong compliance policy, and maintain it. If you uncover any concerns about fraud or abuse, be sure to contact a compliance expert and consider self-disclosure. With the amount of federal dollars being recouped each year (last year alone the federal government recouped $4.5 Billion in fines, penalties, and restitution) you can rest assured that the government will be ramping up its efforts.
Mike and Nancy are independent consultants and coding educators. They are a mother/son team who are active in local and regional professional organizations.