Federal Bill Takes Aim at Medicaid Home Health Fraud
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2018 4:05 PM
Earlier this week, Representative Peter Welch (D) of Vermont presented a new bipartisan legislation to fight Medicaid fraud outside of institutional settings.
This new bill would build on the power of State Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs). Under current law, MFCUs are only allowed to investigate fraud in an institutional setting.
“The attorney general’s office right now does not have the legal authority to pursue [Medicaid home health fraud], so fraudsters have got a good deal,” Welch said at the press conference, reported by Vermont Public Radio. “They basically know nobody’s going to be looking over their shoulder. And if we pass this legislation, that’s not going to be the case. So, it’s also a deterrent because it’s not a free ride and no one’s looking anymore.”
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