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HHS Is Using Data to Fight Opioid Abuse, Fraud, and Just About Everything Else


Federal investments in data science, people and tools appear to be paying off.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General is using refined data analytics to combat medical fraud, waste, and abuse.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG) is using refined data analytics to combat medical fraud, waste, and abuse.

Investigators in OIG's Washington, D.C. headquarters, and in regional offices, are constantly analyzing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Integrated Data Repository, building metrics from its vast troves of information to detect potential malefactors.

OIG's Tim Kropp says the office is making major investments in new technologies so investigators can work more efficiently and accurately, storing these various tools in the Data Basecamp, a single cloud-based analytics platform.

The basecamp features mapping software, open source tools, statistical programs, and software-as-a-service applications to add context to the data. Housing the full app suite in one platform gives investigators access to numerous capabilities and lets them select the tools they require without having to replicate the entire stack for each new probe.

From NextGov.com
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