Holder, Sebelius warn hospitals against fraud


Holder and Sebelius noted that the Obama administration has launched aggressive new efforts to crack down on Medicare fraud and said law enforcement agencies will continue to scrutinize healthcare billing.

The letter cites reports that hospitals have exaggerated patients' conditions to increase their reimbursements, or have cut and pasted information from one form to another.

"We will not tolerate health care fraud," the letter states. "The President initiated in 2009 an unprecedented Cabinet-level effort to combat health care fraud and protect the Medicare trust fund, and we take those responsibilities very seriously."