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Attorney General Holder, Secretary Sebelius Convene National Summit on Health Care Fraud, Unveil Historic Commitment to Fighting Fraud in President's FY 2011 Budget
Date:1/28/2010

Summit Brings Private and Public Sectors, Law Enforcement Together to Fight Fraud

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today joined private sector leaders, law enforcement personnel and health care experts for a landmark National Summit on Health Care Fraud. The summit is the first national gathering on health care fraud between law enforcement and the private and public sectors and is part of the Obama Administration's coordinated effort to fight health care fraud.

"Health care fraud affects all Americans and demands a coordinated, national response," said Attorney General Holder. "HEAT (the Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team) has proven that better collaboration is the key to combating these crimes, recovering stolen resources, and protecting essential Medicare and Medicaid dollars. We welcome the private sector's participation in this work – together, I'm confident we can make great strides in identifying, preventing, and punishing health care fraud."

"The Obama Administration has zero tolerance for health care fraud and abuse," said Secretary Sebelius. "Building on the work we have accomplished through HEAT, I am pleased to announce here at the National Summit on Health Care Fraud that the President's FY 2011 Budget being unveiled next week will include historic support for anti-fraud efforts that will save billions over 10 years. He will call for increased investments in programs that have a proven record of preventing fraud, reducing payment errors and returning funds to the Trust Funds."

The National Summit features discussions of innovative ways to eliminate fraud and abuse in the U.S. health care system. T
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