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Florida Legislation to Increase Medicaid Antifraud Efforts

A bill in Florida’s Senate would target Medicaid fraud through the creation of a Fraud Strike Force and the expansion of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) within the Florida Attorney General’s (AG’s) office. The Fraud Strike Force would direct state and local authorities to work together to more effectively investigate and prosecute Medicaid fraud and abuse. The strike force’s work begins in January 2011. It will consist of eleven state officials that will eventually recommend the best measures to coordinate state resources. The MFCU’s expansion in the Attorney General’s office includes the creation of positions committed to identifying and prosecuting Medicaid managed care fraud.

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