Health care fraud affects more than the bottom line. In the U.S. alone, health care fraud is estimated to cost somewhere between $80 billion and $170 billion per year, according to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association. Aside from the fact that fraud is a criminal activity and that taxpayers and government agencies are affected, the human factors alone are compelling enough for health care payers to take this issue seriously and develop a proactive approach to fraud detection. In some cases of fraud, people lose their life savings. Within health care related fraud, there is the potential to affect a patient’s health or future treatment options.

 

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