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Attorney General Cuccinelli hosts national training seminar on
health care fraud and elder abuse
  

RICHMOND, VA (October 27, 2011) – This week, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units hosted a national training seminar on health care fraud and elder abuse in Richmond for fraud units from around the country. 

“One of my top priorities as attorney general is to combat health care fraud and elder abuse, so it was important for us to co-host this national program in Richmond,” said Cuccinelli.  “I wanted to ensure that the best practices from every part of the nation were being shared among investigators and prosecutors, including the investigators and prosecutors from Virginia’s own Medicaid fraud unit.”

The nation’s top investigators and prosecutors came from 10 states to teach the three-day class.

“We were honored to have such an accomplished group of professionals come to Virginia to train our staff and staff from fraud units from around the country,” said Cuccinelli.  “With this high-level training, we are able to bring the next generation of Virginia’s Medicaid fraud staff to the level necessary to effectively combat elder abuse and Medicaid fraud.

“We will not accept fraud being committed by health care providers against the Medicaid program as ‘the cost of doing business.’ They are cheating taxpayers and they are cheating patients who truly need help, as there are limited Medicaid dollars each year to serve the needy.  We will also not tolerate the abuse of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said the attorney general. “Training courses like this one show our dedication to seeing that promise through.”

For more information on the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, please visit www.vaag.com.