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Health Care Practice Co-Chair Kirk Nahra Discusses Federal Anti-Fraud Efforts

Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Fraud Report
November 15, 2012

Kirk Nahra, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Health Care Practice, was interviewed by Bloomberg BNA for a November 14 story on the U.S. government’s efforts to combat health care fraud.

As the nation moves on from this month’s presidential election, the health care industry can expect an increase in federal anti-fraud initiatives, which have wide bipartisan support, Bloomberg BNA reported. Current fraud prevention efforts include a predictive modeling program launched last year by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The system uses data-analytics technology to review all Medicare fee-for-service claims for signs of fraud, according to the article.

President Barack Obama’s re-election will allow the administration to focus its attention on some key anti-fraud initiatives, Mr. Nahra told Bloomberg BNA.

“Beyond the core health care reform efforts, we can expect the federal government to focus significant attention on expanded prosecution in the health care fraud environment, as well as aggressive efforts to use technology to weed out fraud before it happens,” Mr. Nahra said.