Proposed House Bill to Double Medicare Fraud Penalties

The newly introduced bill, the Medicare Fraud Enforcement and Prevention Act, is a bipartisan effort to curb what is estimated to be a $60 billion dollar per year crime.  The Act proposes to double prison sentences from 5 to 10 years and fines from $25,000 to $50,000 for Medicare fraud-related crimes.

The full AP story is here.

Whether or not the bill gets signed into law, it is indicative of a trend towards more political will in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement enforcement.

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