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DHHS Asks State Agencies, Private Providers to Post Anti-fraud Notices

Release Date: June 8, 2010
Contact: Brad Deen, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH — As part of ongoing efforts to stop Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse, DHHS is asking physicians, therapists and other Medicaid providers, as well as Health Department and Department of Social Services offices statewide, to display a new tip-line poster.

DHHS Secretary Lanier Cansler is requesting that the posters be displayed in prominent locations inside more than 70,000 provider offices and state/county agencies. Part of DHHS’ new “Medicaid fraud and abuse cost YOU!” campaign, the posters encourage citizens to report Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse to the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) via a toll-free hotline, 1-877-DMA-TIP1 (1-877-362-4871). A similar notice was mailed to North Carolina Medicaid recipient households last week.

The poster and Secretary Cansler’s memo can be downloaded from DMA’s Report Fraud and Abuse website. If your news organization might help DHHS to promote this very important message, it would be most appreciated.

Besides private providers, county health and DSS offices, the posters and memo were distributed electronically to local and area Aging offices, Senior Centers, Adult Day Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation facilities and offices for Services to the Deaf and Blind.



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