A Senate subcommittee held hearings on March 28, 2006 on the Center for Medicare and Medicaids Services’ program to control Medicaid fraud at both the state and federal levels. The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and International Security heard from the Dept. of Health & Human Services’ Inspector General, the director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations, and others.
The amount lost each year to fraud and abuse is staggering. The CMS estimates that between $15 billion and $24 billion is lost each year from the $300 billion program.
Witnesses testimony is available at the Committee’s hearing page.