Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Introduce the Strengthening Medicare Anti-Fraud Measures Act of 2013
August 14, 2013 09:12 AM
The House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA) recently introduced H.R. 2925, The Strengthening Medicare Anti-Fraud Measures Act of 2013. The legislation would grant the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) authority to exclude from the Medicare program individuals and entities that are found to be affiliated with another entity that has been sanctioned for fraud.
On the introduction of the legislation, Reps. Brady and McDermott stated, “As we continue to find ways to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse within the Medicare program, this legislation takes a common-sense approach by giving the Inspector General another tool to root out fraudsters. Individuals and companies who are involved with Medicare fraud on any level must be held accountable. We reintroduce this legislation to stem fraud by closing a senseless loophole for criminals who choose to steal from America’s entitlement programs.”
The same legislation was introduced in the House in 2010 by Representatives Wally Herger (R-CA) and Pete Stark (D-CA) and passed by a voice vote. The measure, however, was never taken up buy the Senate.
NAHC supports this legislation, as it would help to combat waste, fraud and abuse within the Medicare program.
In its Legislative Blueprint for Action, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) states that, “Congress should continue its work in combating waste, fraud, and abuse in our nation’s health care system by passing additional measures.”
In another effort to curb waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, CMS recently issued a temporary and targeted moratorium on the approval of new home health agencies in the Miami, Chicago and Houston metropolitan areas – a measure that NAHC also supports.
To learn more about the H.R. 2925, please click here.
To learn more about the moratorium on new home health agencies, please click here for a previous NAHC Report article.
For more information on NAHC’s proposals to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, please go to page 175 of the Legislative Blueprint for Action.