Feds launch new Medicare fraud outreach campaign

Spurred by the release of the first tax-free $250 donut hole rebate checks to senior citizens, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius have asked the state attorneys general to participate in an outreach campaign to educate Medicare beneficiaries about scams and fraud launched by the Health Care Fraud Prevention Enforcement Action Team (HEAT). The Department of Justice and HHS also will hold a series of regional fraud prevention summits. The first summit is slated for July 16 in Miami and additional summits will follow in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Detroit, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Press release and letter

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