Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is making progress in reducing fraud in the Medicare program, last year CMS estimated that improper payments--including fraudulent claims--amounted to almost $50 billion, according to the Government Accountability Office.

CMS and its contractors are attempting to reduce fraud in Medicare by screening and enrolling providers, detecting and investigating potential fraud, and identifying improper payments and vulnerabilities that could lead to payment errors, but progress has been slow, Kathleen King, GAO’s director of healthcare, testified on April 30 before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.

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