By Rachel Lynn Wilson
Fraud in Medicare and Medicaid is a serious problem in America’s health care system. Improper payments currently cost our government $70 billion per year. Congressional action is needed to eliminate improper payments in Medicare and Medicaid. We must increase our investment in fraud prevention and enforcement programs and increase penalties, without impeding the delivery of health care services to beneficiaries. The FAST Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Sen. Thomas Carper and Sen. Thomas Coburn, includes essential policy changes to help combat fraud.