U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma demanding more information about efforts by CMS to address fraud, waste and abuse in the health care system. Recent articles have indicated that CMS has systematically failed to stem fraud, even when the fraud is properly flagged by individuals with knowledge of the circumstances. The letter requests detailed information on what actions CMS is taking to strengthen security and consumer protection in light of this report.
“We must work to close loopholes and gaps in our system that allow bad actors to defraud insurers and patients, especially if they are covered by health programs supported by taxpayers,” said the Senators. “Commercial health plans and their enrollees depend on the validity of federal provider identification systems in order to ensure that patients’ dollars are well spent.”
In addition to Senator Cortez Masto, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) also cosigned this letter.
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