Claims Data and Health Care Fraud: The Controversy Continues

September 25, 2012  |  The Insider: White Collar Defense and Securities Enforcement

While there may be truth to the old saying that there are “lies, damn lies, and statistics,” the use of claims data to detect fraud in the health care industry has often been thought to be beyond reproach. Data mining techniques and investigations that stem from billing anomalies have been the bread and butter of the federal government’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force; prosecutions that have arisen from claims data have resulted in significant prison sentences for those convicted of defrauding public health care programs and private insurers; and press releases issued by Department of Justice officials trumpet the importance of claims data [...]

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