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Compliance and Fraud, Waste and Abuse Program Definitions


Intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person/entity with the knowledge that the deception could result in some unauthorized benefit to him/herself or some other person/entity.


The unintentional, thoughtless, or careless expenditures, consumption, mismanagement, use, or squandering of Commonwealth Care Alliance, federal, or state resources. Waste also includes incurring unnecessary costs as a result of inefficient or ineffective practices, systems, or controls.


Practices that are inconsistent with sound fiscal, business, or medical practices and result in an unnecessary cost to government programs or in reimbursement for services not medically necessary or that fail to meet professionally recognized standards for health care. It also includes beneficiary practices that result in unnecessary costs to the Medicare/Medicaid programs.

Last Updated 04/19/2013