$1.7 Billion Budgeted for Fraud Detection

FY2011 HHS budget outlines efforts The proposed FY 2011 budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services includes $1.7 billion for fraud detection.

The funding includes $561 million in Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control discretionary funding, an increase of $250 million over the FY 2010 enacted level, according to an HHS release The budget also includes a set of new program integrity proposals that will give HHS tools to fight fraud by enhancing provider enrollment scrutiny, increasing claims oversight, improving Medicare's data analysis capabilities, and reducing over-utilization of Medicaid prescription drugs, according to HHS.

It also includes $110 million for a new, comprehensive Health Care Data Improvement Initiative to transform the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' data environment from one focused primarily on claims processing to one also focused on data analysis and information sharing, the release states. In addition, the budget includes ramped-up funding for various IT initiatives, including a 28% for the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology.

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Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.




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