Medical errors are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States every year. A portion of these mistakes happen within the operating room. This statistic inspired a master’s student from Columbia University’s Data Science Institute to search for a resolution.
The Department of Justice continued its crack down on healthcare fraud in 2018. This year included the $1 billion “Takedown Day.” On this day, police officers arrested and charged over 600 individuals for involvement in a $2 billion healthcare scheme. This is just one example of the government’s efforts to thwart healthcare fraud. Additional examples from throughout the year include:
Lawmakers often pass or change laws with good intentions. In some cases, those intentions may not translate in the real world. An attempt to thwart wrongdoing can result in an unnecessarily confining situation.
The government is working to transform our healthcare system into one that pays for value. The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) recognizes that care coordination is an important tool to meeting this goal. However, the government has also recognized physicians and other medical professionals abused this system with the use of kickbacks solely intended for financial gain. To thwart such abuse, the government had previously passed Anti-Kickback laws.