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CMS proposes offering patients up to $10M for fraud tips
Modern Healthcare

Many Medicare fraud schemes rely on “patient recruiters” to scour local communities for senior citizens who, knowingly or not, can provide personal information that can be used to generate false bills. The CMS has long zeroed in on this potential weakness in fraud conspiracies by offering up to $1,000 to seniors who report patient recruiters to authorities. Now a new CMS proposal would dramatically increase potential payouts to such whistle-blowers, capping such awards at nearly $10 million.