6 ways health care providers can reduce fraud, waste and abuse risks in 2016

By: Michael Bittman

Health care providers such as hospitals and doctors face a variety of legal risks: malpractice, tax, and fraud, waste and abuse.

Recent cases have shown that fraud, waste and abuse exposure can dwarf the risk of malpractice and tax liability. Providers participating in federal health care programs (Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE) are obligated to assess their fraud, waste and abuse risks and take steps to minimize those risks. Failure to do so exposes them to severe criminal, civil and administrative penalties, and reputational harm.

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