On May 20, 2009, Attorney General Holder and HHS Secretary Sebelius announced the creation of a new interagency effort, the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), to combat Medicare fraud. The HEAT team will include senior officials from Department of Justice (DOJ) and HHS who will build upon existing programs to combat fraud while investing new resources and technology to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. Strike Force team operations also are being expanded to Detroit and Houston to fight Medicare fraud on a targeted, local basis. Other initiatives include: increasing Medicare provider compliance training; improving data sharing between CMS and law enforcement; and strengthening Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D program integrity activities.
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