Friday, September 3, 2010

Watch out for H.E.A.T.

The Obama Administration will be increasing the HEAT to help combat healthcare fraud. The US Attorney General and Secretary of Health of Human Services created the Healthcare Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) in 2009 to investigate cases of fraud. HEAT strike teams are currently present in seven cities. The increase will expand HEAT presence to twenty metropolitan areas.

The HEAT strike teams are responsible for targeting and investigating healthcare fraud cases, something that the FBI and Department of Justice have not been able to handle on their own. Billions of dollars are currently being wasted due to fraudulent claims. The Obama Administration hopes that the success of HEAT will help to prevent and recover these claims, so that money can be better spent on improving quality and controlling costs for Medicare beneficiaries.

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