Governor Initiates Fight Against Health Care Fraud Amid Growing Deficit

As Illinois' finances continue to deteriorate and the budget crisis remains unsolved, the Rauner administration recently announced an initiative to focus on identifying and recouping health care fraud in Illinois. On April 5, 2016, Governor Rauner signed an Executive Order creating the Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force.

The Task Force is meant to bolster current efforts by developing and coordinating a more comprehensive, cross-disciplinary, data-driven approach to prevent and eliminate health care fraud, waste, and abuse in state-administered health care programs, like Medicaid. In a press release announcing the creation of the Task Force, the Rauner administration highlighted the more than $19 billion Illinois spent last year on state-administered health care programs and reiterated that the cost of such programs is inflated as a result of unchecked abuse. Read the full article by Dayna LaPlante & Matthew Murer at Polsinelli-JD Supra Business Advisor here.