Support the Medicare Common Access Card Act!
According to the Government Accountability Office, the cost to American taxpayers for Medicare waste, fraud, and abuse increased to $60 billion in 2014, despite increased efforts to identify fraud on the back end. An April 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated that fraud and abuse cost both Medicare and Medicaid nearly $100 billion combined.
The core of the problem-and its solution-lies within the Medicare card itself. The current Medicare card is an insecure paper document with the beneficiary's Social Security Number printed on the front. Under the current system, Medicare payment transactions are sent to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) without any verification or assurance that beneficiaries received care. The insecure Medicare card and associated payment model-known as 'pay-and-chase' for the way Medicare deals with fraudsters-is the primary reason that taxpayers continue to lose billions of dollars each year to fraudsters cheating the system.
Congress is currently considering the Medicare Common Access Card Act of 2015 (H.R. 3220 / S. 1871) in order to reduce Medicare fraud and protect seniors' sensitive health information. The bill would upgrade the current paper Medicare card with the same secure, electronic smart card trusted by the Department of Defense to authorize access to its most secure IT systems and facilities-including the Pentagon. The measure calls upon HHS to implement a pilot program utilizing smart card technology to upgrade Medicare's beneficiary identification cards and protect American citizens from fraud.
A Medicare smart card will be a game-changer. Under the pilot
program, beneficiaries would receive a secure smart card with their protected identification information encrypted in the chip's embedded micro-processor. The chip ensures that the card cannot be tampered with or forged. This means that only authorized Medicare providers and suppliers would be able to access seniors' patient information and bill for Medicare services. Furthermore, by combining the smart card with PIN technology, HHS would have complete confidence in the authenticity of transactions, and any lost or stolen cards would be remotely deactivated in real time.
An upgraded Medicare smart card means good news for doctors as well as taxpayers. Several reports have shown smart cards ability to reduce administrative burdens on providers, allowing them to access health data more quickly and securely while also reducing health record redundancies and errors. Because the Medicare Common Access Card would authorize transactions on the front-end, it would likely decrease the amount of time it will take for HHS to process transactions, meaning doctors can be paid faster.
Contact your Members of Congress and ask them to help stop Medicare fraud by supporting the Medicare Common Access Card Act today!
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