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 Obama Administration, Insurance Giants To Team Up On Anti-Fraud Efforts

​The Obama administration will team up with some of the nation’s largest insurance companies in an effort to combat health care fraud, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Under the new partnership, companies such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Humana, UnitedHealth, and others will place executives on working groups with federal agents to “share information and best practices in order to improve detection” of fraudsters, Thursday’s news release said.

The working groups will be gathered under an executive board, a data analysis committee, and an information sharing committee. They will all meet in September, the release said.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in the release that the agreements represent “a critical step forward in strengthening our nation’s fight against health care fraud.”

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the “partnership puts criminals on notice that we will find them and stop them before they steal health care dollars.”

President Obama’s health care reforms, which just passed Supreme Court scrutiny, call for tougher sentences for health care fraud, more extensive screenings of Medicare and Medicaid applicants, and suspended payments for suspected fraudsters.

But some in Congress have already raised questions about the crackdown, wondering aloud whether clean operators are being swept up in Obamacare’s dragnet.

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