The Better Efficiency and Administrative Simplification Act, introduced by Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16), was included in the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act (PIMA), a bipartisan legislative package introduced today by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) to address waste, fraud, and abuse within the Medicare program. A combination of proposals offered by members of the Ways & Means Committee, PIMA reforms the Medicare program to prevent fraud before it happens. This includes removing social security numbers from Medicare cards and increasing outreach and education for providers by Medicare contractors.
“I was pleased the Better Efficiency and Administrative Simplification Act was included in a broad package to stamp out waste, fraud, and abuse and protect Medicare beneficiaries,” said Renacci. “The idea for this legislation came straight from a constituent in North Canton who expressed concern over government waste and the Medicare program’s failure to provide a paperless option.”
The Better Efficiency and Administrative Simplification Act will give the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the authority to allow beneficiaries to receive their Medicare Summary Notices more frequently and to expand the email option to other beneficiary documents. By increasing the frequency of these notices, beneficiaries are able to catch fraudulent billing right away, as opposed to months after the services have been received. The sooner beneficiaries can report incorrect billing, the sooner the government can stop the payments from going out.
Renacci added, “Congress must act now to strengthen the Medicare program and protect it for current and future beneficiaries. I was proud to cosponsor the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act, and I look forward to seeing the House act on this important legislation.”A section-by-section of the bill can be viewed here.