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Qui Tam provision receives additional support

February 22, 2006
By: Sarah Smithies
State Capital Bureau
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A Missouri official says changes to Medicaid fraud law to reward whistleblowers would help catch more criminals.

Sarah Smithies has more from the state Capitol.



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The Senate's Special Committee to Investigate Medicaid fraud heard from an expert witness Wednesday.

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Director Rick Williams endorsed the Qui Tam Provision.

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"We believe the false claims act with the Qui Tam provisions would be of great assistance in our effort to combat Medicare fraud in the State."

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The Provision would reward whistleblowers in Medicaid fraud cases with as much as 30% of the money recovered in successful cases.

From Jefferson City, I'm Sarah Smithies.

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Missouri would follow the example of Texas under a new provision to Medicaid fraud law.

Sarah Smithies has more from the state Capitol.

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Missouri's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Director Rick Williams cited Texas as a model for Medicaid fraud law.

Texas implemented a false claims act similar to the one being debated in Missouri legistlature.

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"Texas estimates that its return investment is $15 recovered for every dollar invested. Not a bad return on your money."

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Earlier this month, the committee heard testimony from Texas Inspector General Brian Flood, which praised Texas for separating the department that investigates fraud from the Medicaid agency that pays out medical bills.

From Jefferson City, I'm Sarah Smithies.

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