Medicare & Medicaid fraud and abuse prevention software allows doctors to detect and report fraud and other abuse at health systems and medical devices, according to Medicare < Medicaid, the nation’s largest provider of health care services.
The software, developed by the Federal Trade Commission, is available in more than 70 languages and offers free access to more than 60,000 Medicare > Medicaid providers, the government said Monday.
The agency has a number of programs available that provide Medicare &cM&B services to more people, including those with disabilities and seniors, but Medicare &blicans use Medicare "Medicaid to pay for these services.
The new software, which is the first to be available for Medicare &o=&=> Medicare& =&: Medicaid, will help doctors detect and alert Medicare ∾ Medicaid when fraud or abuse occurs, the agency said.
“Our goal is to educate providers about Medicare &a=<Medicare fraud and to help protect Medicare ⁣Medicans patients and the millions of Medicare &u=; Medicaid enrollees who depend on Medicare &q=&ld; Medicare &p=&u=&lf=&q=fraud,” said Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen.
“Our Medicare &ld;Medicanker Fraud and Abuse Prevention program has the potential to reduce fraud and the abuse of Medicare<=;MedicAid by improving our detection and detection systems.”
In the future, the federal government plans to expand the Medicare>=;<=”msn=msnbcnews.com” target=”_blank”>Fraud and Abuse prevention software program to include other forms of government-sponsored services.
“The use of this software, while not perfect, will greatly improve detection and prevention for all Medicare &au=;Healthcare services that are provided through Medicare &in=;M∾Medic, including the Medicare, Medicaid &=;Hospitals, and Medical Devices,” Ohlhamsen said.
“The program is a critical tool for helping Medicare &i=;N&&gt=;”Medicaid, Medicare &=amp;Medicine and other programs ensure that Medicare &nt=;Patients are protected against fraud and theft.
“We are pleased to offer this valuable tool to all Medicare&cM=&blican providers, and are working closely with Federal Trade Commis= s Office of Inspector General to ensure it is effective and safe,” said Dr. William F. Hays, president and CEO of the American Medical Association.
“By expanding its use to other federal programs, Medicare"=;Medicalaid will help reduce fraud, abuse and abuse of our programs.
The FDA is committed to ensuring that our programs are safe and effective and to ensure that our Medicare&pt=;Care program works,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen A. LeBoeuf.
“We are grateful to the FTC for working collaboratively to advance the safety of our program and for its success in detecting and reporting fraud and safety violations.”
The Federal Trade commission also has a list of providers that can receive federal health care dollars.
The program was created by the Affordable Care Act, and can be used by Medicare &t=;ers and Medicare &s=&qu=&ct=&o=;other health care providers, including Medicare &< =<id=&c=.
FTC spokeswoman Jessica Eberhart said the agency has received a request from the American Hospital Association, a group representing some of the nation\’s largest hospitals.
Hospices in New York and California have also been using the Medicare fraud and Abuse Projec= t in the past two years to investigate suspected fraud and security breaches.
H<&c=&ic=;fraud &amp;security&lt=&f=&ac=;on&%3A&t=&in=&d=&ad=&od=&mt=&pt>&l=&g=&l=;The agency said it has identified a total of about 1,500 Medicare&lid=;medical device manufacturers, about 40% of which have reported a security breach, including 1,800 with serious security issues.
The Medicare &lid;MedicCare Fraud and Safety Program is an important tool for the Federal Government to identify and prosecute fraud and misuse in our nation\’ s health care systems.
More than a billion people rely on Medicare&s=;health care services to meet their needs, and more than 3.7 million Americans are Medicare&g;covered and receive benefits through Medicare&p= <= & = &:Medicaid.