HHS helps med students fight Medicare fraud

The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday unveiled a new tool to help medical school students learn to spot and fight Medicare fraud.

The booklet, entitled "Roadmap for New Physicians: Avoiding Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Abuse," will go out to medical schools across the country. It explains the laws that apply to physicians so they can comply with federal law, avoid liability and spot signs of potential fraud. 

The release coincides with the third regional healthcare fraud prevention summit, held Friday in Brooklyn and featuring HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder. The Obama administration has been touting the health reform law's $350 million investment in efforts to root out healthcare fraud.

The new "roadmap" follows a survey of medical school deans by HHS's inspector general that found 92 percent of them requested HHS to provide them with educational materials to inform students about Medicare and Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse.