Health Care Fraud Initiative Among Topics Slated For Obama's Reform Rallying Speech

ABC Political Punch: During today's health reform rallying speech in St. Charles, Missouri, "President Obama will announce support later today for efforts to crack down on fraud in Medicare and Medicaid, among other government programs, one of the few areas of bipartisan consensus during last month’s health care reform summit." Specifically, Obama "will announce that he has signed a presidential memorandum to direct federal agencies and departments to expand their use of 'payment recapture audits,' which give private auditors financial incentives to find improper payments." White House officials say broader use of these audits "could restore $2 billion taxpayer dollars over the course of three years" (Tapper, 3/10).

The New York Times Prescriptions: "The administration said pilot programs using the tactic had been 'highly effective' and projected that the use of so-called payment recapture audits could recover at least $2 billion in taxpayer money over the next three years" (Herszenhorn, 3/10).



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