HCFA Designates Safeguard Contractors to Prevent Repeat of Fiscal 1998 – Health Care Financing Administration

HCFA Designates Safeguard Contractors to Prevent Repeat of Fiscal 1998 – Health Care Financing Administration – Government Activity

The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) has authorized a select group of companies to compete for Medicare fraud and abuse contracts. The twelve companies are the first to be designated Program Safeguard contractors as part of HCFA’s Medicare Integrity Program (MIP). MIP was developed in response to federal legislation encouraging HCFA to use entities other than current Medicare carriers to man/tar and combat fraud, abuse, and waste.

HCFA figures reflect a 7.1 percent error rate for fiscal year 1998, representing estimated improper payments of over $12.6 billion. The performance of MIP contractors is expected to generate high interest from a cross-section of government agencies that are seeking ways to effectively identify and prevent health care fraud and encourage proper billing practices in all health care programs.

It is anticipated that HCFA will award approximately $500 million in Medicare fraud prevention contract assignments over the next five years to the MIP Program Safeguard contracting pool, which includes information technology and accounting firms, as well as current Medicare contractors.

For more information visit www.hcfa.gov.

Program Safeguard Contractors (PSC)

Aspen Systems Corporation, Inc. – Rockville, MD

BC/BS of Alabama – Birmingham, AL

Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) – Falls Church, VA

California Medical Review, Inc. (CMRI) – San Francisco, CA

Dyn Corp. – Reston, VA

Electronic Data Systems (EDS) – Plano, TX

Lifecare Management Partners, Inc – Alexandria, VA

Reliance Safeguard Solutions – Syracuse, NY

Regence BC/BS of Utah – Salt Lake City, UT

Science Applications Intl. Corp. – Vienna, VA

Tri-Centurion, L.L.C. – Columbia, SC

United Government Services (UGS) – Milwaukee, WI

Medicare Integrity Program (MIP) Program Safeguard Contractor (PSC) awardees effective 5/19/993

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