WASHINGTON--The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has
announced a new program to reward citizens who alert Medicare to acts
of fraud and abuse. The Incentive Program for Fraud and Abuse
Information, starting in January 1999, will pay 10% of a recovered
overpayment up to a maximum of $1,000.
Among the things Medicare hopes beneficiaries will report are: being
billed for services they never received; double billing for the same
procedure; being billed for a more expensive procedure than that
provided; receiving a bill for a medically unnecessary procedure;
providers who use Medicare numbers that they obtained through
deception; and telemarketing scams.