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State Employees To Receive Health Care Fraud Training

CONTACT: Edward A. Baker, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5511

November 3, 2010

Representatives from the agencies involved in running Vermont's public health insurance system will convene with members of Vermont's health care fraud enforcement community tomorrow in Waterbury for "Health Care Fraud 101." This training conference, which will take place at the Summit Conference Center, will give participants a chance to enhance their knowledge of Vermont's health care fraud enforcement system and gain skills in combating this significant problem affecting the delivery of care and harming our most vulnerable citizens.

Vermont Attorney General, William Sorrell said his office will be cosponsoring this training conference with the Department of Vermont Health Access, Program Integrity Unit, the organization tasked to monitor provider and beneficiary compliance with health care rules. The scope and effect of health care fraud in Vermont and how to prevent, recognize, and report it will be among the topics discussed. The training will also provide an update on recently passed laws and regulations set to take effect in the next year and give an overview of the state's health care system and health care enforcement entities.

Speakers from the Medicaid Fraud Unit of the Attorney General's office, the Department of Vermont Health Access, Vermont's Department of Disabilities Aging and Independent Living, and the Department of Children and Families, Economic Services Division, as well as Vermont's Board of Medical Practice and Office of Professional Responsibility will present information designed to educate health care providers and contractors about various types of health care fraud that are known or suspected to be taking place in Vermont, and how to detect and report this fraud. The U.S. Attorney's Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Office, the U.S. Office of the Inspector General, in addition to supporting the topics above, will also provide a panel on the role of the federal agencies in health care fraud enforcement in Vermont.

"Health care fraud is a serious problem in Vermont. We need to mobilize our state professionals, who work on the front line providing health care access, to prevent health care fraud before it occurs," said Attorney General Sorrell. "When it does occur, those of us in law enforcement depend on everyone working in the system to recognize and report it, so that Medicaid support can continue to be there for our most needy citizens."

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