The director of health care for the Government Accountability office told a Senate committee that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services puts too little emphasis on helping states prevent waste and fraud. Leslie Aronovitz said that CMS needed a more strategic approach.
Another witness was James Moorman of Taxpayers against Fraud. He said lawsuits filed by whistle-blowers are an important weapon in fighting Medicaid fraud. Whistle-blowers are eligible to receive between 15 percent and 30 percent of the federal government’s recoveries in such lawsuits.
The hearings by the Senate Finance Committee were titled Medicaid Waste, Fraud and Abuse: Threatening the Health Care Safety Net. The transcripts of the witnesses’ statements are available at the committee’s website.
An Associated Press story on the hearings ran in the June 28, 2005 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.