CMS Lifts Fraud Training Requirement

Responding to complaints from organized medicine, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) no longer requires physicians and suppliers in the Medicare Advantage program to obtain training in preventing fraud, waste, and abuse.

The change was included in a final regulation on Medicare Advantage and Part D that was published in the April 15 Federal Register .

A CMS notice says requiring an additional fraud, waste, and abuse certification "imposes an additional unnecessary burden" on physicians.

Meanwhile, CMS has a voluntary online course to teach physicians and their staff how Medicare detects fraud and abuse and what the penalties are.


Action , May 3, 2010