September 29, 2013

CMS Proposes Major Education Effort Aimed at Physicians to Combat Waste, Fraud and Abuse

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Recognizing that approximately $765 billion in healthcare spending is lost to error, waste, fraud and abuse annually, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing a major educational effort aimed at physicians, whom the agency describes as the nation’s “principal gatekeepers” who decide when and how healthcare services are delivered.

An overview of the effort’s curriculum appears today in an article titled, “Expanding Physician Education in Health Care Fraud and Program Integrity.” Published in Academic Medicine, the periodic journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the article has been posted to the website of the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

One of the article’s authors is Julie Taitsman, MD, JD, chief medical officer for the OIG. Taitsman was featured on today’s Monitor Monday and described how provider could strengthen their compliance plans.

Read: “Expanding Physician Education in Health Care Fraud and Program Integrity.”

Chuck Buck

Chuck Buck is the publisher of RACmonitor and is the program host and executive producer of Monitor Monday.

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