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Fraud Updates Sought By Top Senate Finance Members

Top members of the Senate Finance Committee have asked the Obama administration for frequent progress reports on its work to cut down on fraud and abuse in health programs.

Modern Healthcare: Lawmakers Set Timeframe For Fraud Reports
A bipartisan initiative to clarify the extent of fraud and abuse in federal health care programs should begin bearing fruit in May, according to a Thursday request from health care leaders in the Senate. Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Finance Committee, and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), ranking member on the committee, asked HHS officials to begin providing by May 20 quarterly reports that quantify the extent of the department's ongoing anti-fraud efforts (Daly, 3/24).

The Hill: Baucus, Hatch Want Fraud Updates
Top members of the Senate Finance Committee want frequent progress reports from the Obama administration about its effort to crack down on fraud, waste and abuse in federal health programs. Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and ranking member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) want detailed quarterly updates from the health department's Office of the Inspector General and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about progress on fighting waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid (Millman, 3/24).

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