What is Fraud Waste, and Abuse?
Fraud - An intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person with the knowledge that the deception could result in some unauthorized benefit to him/herself or some other person.
Waste - Overutilization of services, or other practices that result in unnecessary costs. Waste is generally not caused by criminally negligent actions, but rather misuse of resources.
Abuse - An individual's activities that are inconsistent with sound fiscal, business, or medical practices that result in unnecessary cost, reimbursement for services that are not medically necessary or fail to meet professionally recognized standards.
Examples of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse:
- Unnecessary treatments- Using someone else's insurance card- Altering or forging a prescription- Providing misleading information on or omitting information from an application for health care coverage- Billing for services not rendered and/or goods not provided- Knowingly enrolling someone not eligible for coverage under their policy or coverage- Double billing- Misrepresentation of services- Billing separately for services that should be a single service- Billing for services not medically necessary- False coding, altering records, or claims- Altering medical record documentation- Limiting access to needed services- Soliciting, offering, or receiving a kickback, bribe, or rebate-Misrepresentation of medical conditions
Report suspected fraud, waste, and abuse anonymously to the Salish Behavioral Health Organizations Compliance Officer.By Phone:360-337-7050 or 360-337-4648By Email:email@example.comBy Mail:SBHOAttention: Compliance Officer614 Division StreetMS-23Port Orchard, WA 98367
You may also anonymously report suspected Medicaid fraud and abuse to: Washington State Office of the Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control UnitBy Phone:360-586-8888By Email:MFCUreferrals@atg.wa.govBy Mail:Office of Attorney GeneralMedicaid Fraud Control UnitPO Box 40114Olympia, WA 98504