Lawmakers Consider 'Smart Cards' To Cut Medicare Fraud

Law360, New York (November 28, 2012, 3:31 PM EST) -- Plans to curb Medicare fraud by requiring patients and providers to use “smart cards” to verify billing were in the spotlight Wednesday on Capitol Hill, with business interests trumpeting cost savings but experts and the American Medical Association warning against a hasty embrace of the idea.

The debate played out during discussion of Medicare’s anti-fraud efforts at the health panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where representatives of the digital security industry called for passage of the Medicare Common Access Card Act, which would...
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