Wednesday, January 31, 2018

New VA and CMS Partnership on Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Dana Halvorson

On January 23, 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a partnership to share data, data analytics tools and best practices for identifying and preventing fraud, waste and abuse. According to the CMS press release, “the newest partnership enhances ongoing efforts between the country’s two largest public-private health-care payment organizations to help America’s Veterans by leveraging the gains made by CMS.”  The statement goes on to note that the “VA plans to capitalize on the advancements in analytics CMS has made by concentrating on its use of advanced technology, statistics and data analytics to improve fraud detection and prevention efforts.” You can read the full CMS statement here. The January 24th McKnight’s article on the matter can be found here.  

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