Pros And Cons Of Proposed Medicare Smart Cards

Law360, New York (January 8, 2013, 12:35 PM EST) -- On Nov. 28, 2012, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled "Examining Options to Combat Health Care Waste." The Subcommittee Chairman, Rep. Joseph R. Pitts, R-Pa., stated in his opening remarks that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) must focus on "implementing mechanisms that would prevent fraudulent payments from being made in the first place" because prosecuting fraudulent providers and beneficiaries after the fact "does not get back all the money that they stole." Thereafter, seven witnesses testified regarding new government tools to combat health care fraud.

The first witness to...

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