Government and Private Companies Join to Combat Fraud

On July 26, 2012, Market Watch of the Wall Street Journal posted an article entitled “Amerigroup Joins Public-Private Partnership To Combat Health Care Fraud.”The article reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other industry leaders are partnering with Amerigroup Corporation for a public-private fraud prevention initiative.Amerigroup Corporation is a Fortune 500 company that coordinates services for individuals in publicly funded health care programs and serves more than 2.7 million members in 13 states.

Amerigroup Chairman and CEO James G. Carlson, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other government and private sector leaders met for a news conference in Washington, D.C.Amerigroup Chairman and CEO Carlson stated:”We are honored to join forces with government and industry leaders on this public-private partnership that will only strengthen our steadfast commitment to combat fraud, waste and abuse. Amerigroup has proven experience in putting our innovative solutions to work – preventing or recovering more than $515 million in fraud, waste and abuse in 2011 alone. This collaborative effort will not only help safeguard the financial stability of the Medicaid and Medicare programs, but the entire health care system, and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly.”

SOURCE: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/amerigroup-joins-public-private-partnership-to-combat-health-care-fraud-2012-07-26