Health care fraud is on the rise in the U.S., with reports of cases and the potential for more cases to surface in the coming weeks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 1,000 cases were reported in the first six months of this year alone.
That’s up from 717 cases reported in 2014.
The CDC has a warning on its website about health care services, including care, where the health care provider might be receiving payment for services or items provided without the patient’s consent.
“Health care fraud involves a practice of making fraudulent claims on Medicare or other government-issued benefit programs to obtain payment for goods and services,” the CDC says.
It’s a concern for anyone with any health care, including Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and government programs.
The agency notes that a person with a chronic condition might not be aware of the existence of a fraud, and they can get in touch with a provider or a consumer rights group to seek assistance.
The Center for Public Integrity’s John R. Mears, a veteran journalist who focuses on health care issues, said he has heard about more people being hit with fraudulent charges from sources he has not named.
He said he believes the trend is linked to a change in how health care systems collect, manage and track health information.
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