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Will CMS Choose to Fight Medicare Fraud with Moratoriums? – 10/27/11

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has yet to impose a single moratorium on new Medicare providers and suppliers, an authority CMS officials were given by President Obama’s health care reform eight months ago. Concerned about CMS’ inaction,  Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have written a letter to Heath & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. In the letter, they note that “[i]t is not reasonable to suggest that CMS needs more time to study whether there is need to impose a temporary moratoria … when ample evidence exists from the strike force activities to justify moratoria in these high fraud areas.”

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