Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the likely effect of smart cards on healthcare fraud. GAO's analysis found the use of smart cards could have helped prevent fraud schemes in more than 1 in 5 cases.
U.S. Representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) released the following joint statement:
"Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse are costing us a staggering one billion dollars a week. This report confirms what we already knew -- one common-sense way Medicare fraud can be prevented is by simply upgrading the technology seniors use to access healthcare services. That's why we've introduced bipartisan legislation to implement smart card technology much like you would use at a gas station or the grocery store, so we can verify claims and improve the accuracy of the Medicare billing system. Reducing fraud saves taxpayer billions of dollars, protects seniors' identities, and improves patient care."