States sign CSC to prevent fraud
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Oct 02, 2000
A California-based information technology company was recently awarded a
five-year, $26.8 million contract to safeguard the Medicare program in several
As the new Western Integrity Center Program Safeguard Contractor, Computer
Sciences Corp. will monitor services in 12 states — Alaska, Arizona, Colorado,
Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington
According to CSC officials, integrity services will entail the detection
of possible "mispayments and potential fraudulent activities." CSC will
work with the Health Care Financing Administration, the federal agency
that administers Medicare, to "identify any billing practices [that] may
need intervention" by using data analysis tools and reviewing medical claims.
Earlier this year, CSC signed a six-year, $351 million contract with
the New York State Department of Health to create a new system to process
and report Medicaid claims.
Medicare is the nation's largest health insurance program. It covers
39 million Americans — mainly people 65 years old and older, some people
under 65 who have disabilities, and people with permanent kidney failure
being treated with dialysis or transplants.