Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans collected $75 million in fraud recoveries and prevented $82 million in false claims in 2002, the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association said. Fraud units at Blues plans reported 20,000 investigations, up 12% from 2001. Byron Hollis, the association's national antifraud director, said Blues plans have invested heavily in computer technology to detect fraud and work jointly with state and federal agencies as well as other insurers. The association represents 42 Blues plans covering nearly 89 million people. -- by Mark Taylor
Blues plan fraud units claim $157 million savings
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