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Nationwide Health-Care Fraud Sweep Nets 301 People

Publisher: Bloomberg BNA's Health Law Reporter
June 22, 2016

Eric Fader was quoted in an article,"Nationwide Health-Care Fraud Sweep Nets 301 People," in Bloomberg BNA's Health Law Reporter. Fader commented on the government's announcement yesterday that it charged 301 individuals with allegedly participating in various health-care fraud schemes that led to roughly $900 million in fraudulent Medicare claims. He questioned the announcement's effectiveness as a fraud deterrent because it doesn't include specific names, and details on the charges appear only at the bottom of a very long press release. "I'm afraid that many fraudsters have short attention spans so they won't even read down that far," Fader said. He added that the government could do a better job of deterring fraud on a sustained basis by putting out a series of more detailed press releases, each highlighting a different type of fraud and putting a face on each one. "I think the home health and prescription drug worlds are really rife with fraud, and one splashy announcement isn't going to magically fix that, so we should expect continued focus on these areas," Fader predicted.

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