Peter B. Budetti spoke to HCCA’s Report on Medicare Compliance in its March 27, 2017 issue about a proposed boost in the FY2018 presidential budget to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control program, and why it’s important to keep the focus on programs where fraud remains rampant, like Medicare Advantage and Part D.
From the Report on Medicare Compliance:
“On its face, it looks like they’re going in the right direction,” says Peter Budetti, a physician-lawyer who is the former deputy CMS administrator for program integrity. But he’d like to see more emphasis on audits and investigations of fraud in Medicare Advantage (Part C) and the prescription-drug program (Part D) and an expansion of the Medicare rewards program for beneficiary whistleblowers.
“Everything we’ve talked about so far only speaks to fighting fee-for-service fraud. More attention needs to be paid to fraud in Medicare Advantage and Part D,” Budetti tells RMC. “That has lagged way behind.”