New DOJ Task Forces Signal Nursing Fraud Crackdown

Law360, New York (March 30, 2016, 10:33 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday launched 10 task forces targeting "grossly substandard care" in nursing homes, a harbinger of tougher anti-fraud enforcement involving shoddy senior services, attorneys say.

The task forces will operate around the country as partnerships among federal, state and local prosecutors as well as regulators from various health care agencies. The hope is that a proactive approach — regular meetings, improved information sharing and joint investigations — will uncover misconduct more efficiently than an existing strategy that commonly relies on whistleblower complaints.

"Often we'll learn about fraud through whistleblowers. But we can learn things more quickly...

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