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Coalition Against Insurance Fraud in Peter Barker's blog

11/11/2016

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud: Election fallout ripples through anti-fraud world

Changes at the state and federal levels could affect enforcement

While the shock of the national elections continues to be felt, the Coalition is sizing up the likely impact on fraud-fighting.

The biggest concern is whether the Trump administration will continue the federal government’s aggressive stand in combatting healthcare fraud. FBI investigations and...

8/11/2016

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud: Insurers from Mars, fraud bureaus Venus?

More common ground needed on reporting, acting on suspected scams

I just returned from the NAIC’s summer meeting. It included the antifraud task force meeting, attended mostly by directors of state insurance fraud bureaus. I also met with insurer SIU directors before the NAIC event.

I felt as if I’d entered a time warp. Discussions at both meetings reminded me of...

2/11/2016

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud: Chilling mob-style hits reveal fraud’s violent roots

Mob-style hits sought in name of insurance money

Recent charges against a foot doctor challenge a belief among many consumers that insurance fraud is a relatively low-level, white-collar scam.

The issue: fraud as violence.

Foot doctor Ira Bernstein allegedly tried to hire thugs to beat up two insurance-fraud investigators and throw them off the track.

The...

28/10/2016

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud: Why worry about fraud?

Victims and damage revealed in Hall of Shame

Ok, so insurance fraud steals $80 billion a year.

Impressive number. Helpful to know — though hardly a rousing battle cry.

As a wise person said … Stats are like a drunk using a lamppost — for support, not illumination.

So what makes our blood boil? Let’s look at true-life fraud cases. They show how seedy and...

24/10/2016

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud: Texas Supreme Court Urged To Let Insurers Prove Fraud

Allowing medical providers to hide false claims amid treatment for crash injuries will encourage scams and could discourage insurers from writing business in Texas, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud says in an amicus brief filed this week with the state Supreme Court.

“Medical providers will remain unjustly enriched and costs will be shifted to not only insurers, but...