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NHIA SUPPORTS FEDERAL ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN IDENTIFYING AND ELIMINATING MEDICARE FRAUD

(WASHINGTON, DC, June 24, 2009) – The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) today applauded the efforts of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for their leadership in identifying and taking action against individuals and health care companies that fraudulently bill the Medicare program.

NHIA and its membership of home infusion providers commend the efforts of the joint DOJ-HHS Medicare Fraud Strike Force and congratulate the team in recent arrests made in Detroit and Miami as part of a two-year demonstration program designed to remove criminal and fraudulent "Medicare providers" from the Medicare program. “NHIA and its members pledge our support to government and law enforcement agencies in their efforts to eradicate fraud and abuse in the Medicare program," stated NHIA President Russell Bodoff. “We are available to help in any way possible,” Bodoff added.

Bodoff expressed appreciation for the statement made by Attorney General Eric Holder where he commented that “The vast majority of doctors, patients, and medical companies do the right thing and work with the Medicare program to provide access to medical services. To those who work diligently and ethically to provide medical care through the Medicare program, we will work with you to root out the few who corrupt the system and taint the good reputations of health professionals everywhere.

“NHIA and its members are committed to providing cost-efficient, high-quality home infusion therapy care to patients needing intravenous medications. Fraudulent providers undermine a program upon which serves seniors and disabled Americans. This type of fraud also contributes directly to rising health care costs,” said Bodoff.

NHIA, based in Alexandria, Virginia, represents and advances the interests of organizations that provide home infusion and specialized pharmacy products and services to the entire spectrum of home-based patients. It is the leading voice in representing the interests of older and disabled Medicare patients denied home infusion coverage. For more information, visit www.nhia.org