The national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has established a "strike force" to work more closely with the FBI, HHS' inspector general's office and other law enforcement agencies on preventing healthcare fraud.
The new Anti-Fraud Strike Force will be co-chaired by Byron Hollis, the association's national antifraud director, and Greg Anderson, vice president of corporate and financial investigations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.
The effort will include stepped-up consumer education and outreach initiatives, a new hotline for fraud reports and a Web site.
Fraud-fighting efforts by association members saved $240 million last year, according to Scott Serota, the association's president and chief executive officer. Speaking Monday before the Detroit Economic Club, Serota said, "Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have invested the resources and pooled our talent to fight healthcare fraud, and we're seeing results. But the industry as a whole still faces an enormous challenge."
The association represents 41 Blues plans covering 88 million Americans.