HHS Teams Up With Big-Name Insurers In Anti-Fraud Fight

Law360, New York (July 26, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration on Thursday announced it's joining forces with leading health insurers including UnitedHealth Group Inc., Humana Inc. and WellPoint Inc. to detect fraudulent billing practices, escalating a campaign against fraud blamed for draining public and private coffers.

Some of the industry’s biggest names are teaming with the federal government in the information-sharing initiative, whose key objective will be to swap data about swindlers’ preferred billing codes and regions, potentially allowing for pattern recognition and preemptive action to avert future losses.

“This partnership puts criminals...
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