GOP Lawmakers Press For Better Medicare Fraud Safeguards

Law360, New York (April 2, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT) -- Republican leaders of two congressional committees that oversee Medicare wrote to the program's top official Monday, demanding to know what steps her agency is taking to prevent sham companies with puppet owners from defrauding the program.

The lawmakers' concerns were sparked, they said, when 11 people were arrested in March for allegedly running a $20 million fraud scheme involving two home health care agencies. The agencies were run by so-called nominee owners, puppets who are paid by the actual owners to sign their names to paperwork....
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