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HHS inspector general’s funding cuts will hurt fraud probes
Modern Healthcare

Funding cuts are blocking investigations into Medicare and Medicaid fraud and the data security of the new health-insurance exchanges, among other items at HHS‘ top watchdog agency.

All told, HHS’ inspector general’s office is slated to lose more than 20% of its staff between 2012 and 2015 due to budget cuts, at a time when public alarm over fraud in government healthcare programs is arguably at an all-time high.