9 Takeaways From Enforcers On Medicare Fraud Priorities

Law360, New York (June 25, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT) -- Medicare's anti-fraud efforts came in for especially tough scrutiny Wednesday as government watchdogs issued several significant reports and a U.S. House of Representatives panel staged a heated hearing on the subject of overpayments. 

Here are nine takeaways that emerged about the agency's enforcement priorities:

Fraud Alert Targets Lab Kickbacks

One of Wednesday's most noteworthy developments was a "special fraud alert" from the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The alert described two trends indicating possible kickbacks from laboratories to referring physicians — financial ties the OIG has repeatedly scrutinized in the past.

One trend...

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