Medicare Fraud Command Center Unveiled

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The federal government is opening a new $3.6 million command center designed to stop Medicare fraud, which costs at least $60 billion a year.

The news media was invited to see a preview of the new center and its high-tech tools that will be used to track down scammers.

Fraud czar Peter Budetti said the facility will pay for itself many times over. The center will allow Medicare investigators to talk directly with those running the computerized detection systems, which will reduce the time it takes to investigate fraudulent claims.

But the facility is filled with expensive computer gear, including a giant TV screen that alone is said to have cost "several hundred thousand dollars."

That's causing Sens. Orrin Hatch. R-Utah, and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., to question whether the cost of creating and operating the center will be worth it in the long run.

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