Fraud and Abuse

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A pair of unethical and potentially illegal acts that can get a physician or other health care provider into trouble:
• Fraud—the deliberate billing for a service that was never given or for a service that has a higher reimbursement than the service produced
• Abuse—payment for items or services that are billed by mistake by providers, but should not be paid for by Medicare
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Rule-Based Supervised Models Simple, known fraud Generalize among complex and abuse types only fraud and abuse types Expert knowledge Historical claims data and a set of known fraud and abuse suspects Embody knowledge Embody experience Nonadaptive, relatively Requires historical examples easy to circumvent of fraud/abuse Rule-Based Unsupervised Models Simple, known fraud New, previously unknown and abuse types only types of fraud and abuse Expert knowledge Historical claims data Embody knowledge Enable discovery Nonadaptive, relatively Detects patterns that are novel, easy to circumvent but not necessarily fraud
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