Bill would exclude Medicare providers involved with fraudulent entities

"The Strengthening Medicare Anti-Fraud Measures Act of 2013," a bipartisan bill that would allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to exclude Medicare providers previously involved in fraud, has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives.The legislation would close a "senseless loophole" by banning executives whose companies have been convicted of Medicare fraud to then switch to another company, as well as banning corporations from using shell companies to engage in fraudulent activities, according to an announcement from the Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee. "As we continue to find ways to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse within the Medicare program, this legislation takes a common-sense approach by giving the Inspector General another tool to root out fraudsters, said Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and ranking member Jim McDermott (D-Wash) who introduced the bill. Announcement