Republican Senate Finance Committee members are demanding answers about what they see as the CMS' slow implementation and lack of transparency in healthcare fraud-fighting programs as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gets a tour of the agency's secret new command center for operations.
Sebelius on Tuesday was scheduled to tour the HHS' new command center for healthcare fraud and detection and investigation, which was built at an undisclosed location in Baltimore. The location was kept secret for security reasons, government officials said. The center will house, among other operations, the agency's efforts to deploy the new $77 million predictive-analytics program unleashed on Medicare claims last year.
But Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) used the occasion to launch a broadside on the agency's fraud-fighting efforts, calling unacceptable the estimated $60 billion that is “hemorrhaging” out of Medicare from waste, fraud and abuse in the program each year.