U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) today called for immediate consideration and passage of the bipartisan FAST Act (Medicare and Medicaid Fighting Fraud and Abuse to Save Taxpayers' Dollars Act) following reports of the largest home health care fraud case and largest case ever against a single doctor.
"I continue to be both outraged and dismayed at the level of fraud in our health care programs. This $375 million dollar fraud case is only the tip of the iceberg," said Senator Brown. "It is critical to the future vitality of Medicare and Medicaid that we do everything in our power to combat the waste and fraud that continually plagues these programs. Ridding the system of duplication, waste, fraud and abuse is one of my highest priorities, and I will continue working to provide law enforcement with the necessary tools to prosecute these criminals and deter future fraud."
The FAST Act, currently sponsored by 35 senators, would significantly improve program integrity efforts underway at Medicare and Medicaid to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. The legislation would protect taxpayer dollars while also protecting quality health care coverage for the millions of Americans who depend on Medicare and Medicaid, and do so without compromising the pay given to honest health care providers.
Since 1997, $20.6 billion has been paid back to the Medicare program as a result of uncovered fraudulent and abusive activity.