Health reform savings not a pipe dream, says policy group; CMS to fight fraud with high-tech 'bounty hunters';

> Opponents of the health reform legislation have been vocal in criticizing the savings projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as the result of budgeting gimmicks and trickery rather than actual savings to be realized. However, health reform will result in reduced spending, says the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a liberal-leaning fiscal policy research group which offers a claim-by-claim refutation of reform critics. FierceHealthcare

> Medicare and Medicaid fraud cost American taxpayers some $54 billion last year. The Obama administration wants to go high-tech in its pursuit of fraudsters, sending out "bounty hunter auditors" to find waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. FierceHealthIT

> From 2008 to 2009, the number of inpatient stays at U.S. hospitals that started off as emergency room trips covered by Medicaid increased by 6 percent, according to healthcare analytics firm SDI. Article

And Finally... I wonder how the police reacted as they watched this happen. Article