Lawmakers file Medicare fraud control bill

Lawmakers introduced The Stop Scams Act of 2014 last week to improve the government's ability to fight Medicare fraud, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging announced. The bill would require verification of provider ownership interests to prevent criminals from getting back into Medicare under different names. The bill also would allow payers to share provider information with the government and each other to prevent fraud. Other provisions would require end-to-end testing of new code sets before implementation, and allow the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to make fraud prevention recommendations. Under the bill, the government would have to develop a strategy to estimate fraud-related losses reliably every year. The legislation has high-profile supporters, including the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, America's Health Insurance Plans, Humana and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Announcement