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Grassley asks for quicker response to Medicare scams

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MIAMI (KWWL) - The federal agency that is supposed to prevent Medicare fraud repeatedly ignored internal watchdog warnings about swindlers stealing millions of dollars over three years.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, received dozens of warnings from inspectors during the Bush and Obama administrations. They responded to only half of them.

A July 2008 warning said organized crime had infiltrated the system and was costing more than $1 million dollars for each phony Medicare provider license the crooks obtained.

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa has asked that future warnings receive a response within two months. The agency has agreed.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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