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Just days after senators complained of the ineffectiveness of a new software designed to ferret out fraudulent Medicare claims, the Justice and Health and Human Services departments were able to speak softly while wielding a big stick.

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced that they had arrested a Texas doctor and five owners of home health-care agencies charged with fraudulently billing Medicare and Medicaid nearly $375 million. They described it as the largest case of its kind ever

And it was software that detected the suspicious patterns in the invoices.

 

Charlie Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.

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