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Lawmakers probe anti-fraud administrator about problems with $161 million database
Modern Healthcare

A Senate subcommittee on Tuesday lobbed several pointed questions at the CMS‘ top anti-fraud administrator, asking why a 5-year-old $161 million centralized database has yet to start delivering on its promise of preventing widespread abuse of the Medicare and Medicaid systems. Dr. Peter Budetti, deputy administrator and director for program integrity at the CMS, acknowledged to the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security that the central repository of Medicare-Medicaid data was not yet as effective as it could be.