Health Care Enforcement Defense Group Alert: Obama Issues Executive Order Targeting Improper Payments and Waste

On November 23, 2009, President Obama issued an Executive Order (the “Order”) aimed at reducing payment errors and eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse in federal programs. Recognizing that these goals could not be achieved through a single action, the Order requires various government officials and agencies to work together to develop and adopt a comprehensive set of policies focused on transparency and public participation, agency accountability and coordination, and enhanced contractor oversight and collaboration with state and local stakeholders. Although the Order is not specifically focused on health care fraud, the Obama Administration likely had the Medicare and Medicaid programs in mind when drafting the Order.

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