PBS business news correspondent Jeff Yastine interviewed Marcella Auerbach for his broadcast news segment titled, “Dozens Arrested For Medicare Fraud,” which aired nationally during the July 30, 2009 nightly news cast. Marcella was also quoted in Jeff’s related news article titled, “Fighting Medicare Fraud.”
In celebration of the 44th anniversary of Medicare, the segment reported that a multi-state crackdown on Medicare fraud resulted in 32 arrests in Houston, Boston, and Miami, recovering approximately $370 million.
Marcella was quoted on the financial benefits of fraud investigations, suggesting that costs for health care reform – a topic of current heated controversy – could be significantly defrayed by recovering more money from Medicare fraud and similar healthcare violations.
Marcella pointed out that, with the Federal government’s strengthened efforts to fight Medicare fraud in particular, the system has received a $15 return for every dollar spent on investigations and prosecution.
To view the full segment, go here: http://www.pbs.org/nbr/info/local-player.html?s=nbre07s2dccq669
To read the related article, go here: http://www.pbs.org/nbr/blog/2009/07/fighting_medicare_fraud.html