States boost efforts to fight Medicaid fraud

With Medicaid overpayments and fraud robbing state and federal governments of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013, states are using legislative and other remedies to keep program dollars out of the wrong hands, Stars and Stripes reported. States' motivation to do this comes from the fact that Medicaid accounts for a quarter or more of most state budgets. Lawmakers introduced more than 100 Medicaid anti-fraud and abuse bills in at least 23 states last year, and 35 of these bills became law. Ten states created their own Medicaid inspectors general. Twenty states improved fraud-related information sharing among state agencies and between state and federal authorities. And some states use GPS technology to verify visits by home healthcare workers. Article

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