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What are some common types of health care fraud?

Health care fraud is a growing concern in the medical community. According to Microsoft in Health, the health care industry loses to fraud, waste and abuse more than 455 billion dollars each year. Most medical and health care providers in the Houston area are ethical and honest. However, some are not. There are many factors that lead to medical facilities and their personnel violating local and federal laws and health care regulations. 

Common types of health care fraud

When people think of white collar crime, they often think of giant embezzlement schemes, computer fraud or even insider trading. Another type of white collar crime is health care fraud. In some cases, health care providers, such as doctors, file fraudulent insurance claims on patients in order to collect more income. In other cases, individual health care consumers commit health care fraud.

Narrow definition of unauthorized access allowed in CFAA cases

The 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was intended to fight hacking. However, the law was passed in a time long before today's understanding of computers or the advent of the internet as we know it today. The U.S. Supreme Court recently had a chance to consider whether the CFAA was still adequate by hearing two cases decided by the Ninth Circuit. Unfortunately, the justices turned the cases away and left in place what may be far too narrow a definition of "unauthorized access."

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