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A government report shows that firms that paid millions of dollars to detect Medicare fraud are bidding on contracts to investigate companies with which they are doing business. The report by the U.S. Health and


Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) blamed a flawed bidding system and an inadequate conflict-of- interest policy. OIG said it examined bids from about


100 potential contractors and subcon- tractors and found nearly 2,000 rela- tionships that posed potential conflicts. For example, one company submitted a bid to investigate Medicare fraud even though its parent company provided two types of Medicare coverage in all 50 states. “If [contractors] with conflicts of in-


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terest become less vigilant in combat- ing fraud, then taxpayer dollars may be wasted on payments to unscrupulous providers,” the report concludes. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid


Services issued a statement that it has a robust program for identifying potential conflicts among contractors. Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Tom


Carper (D-Del.), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) commissioned the report.


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