The federal government is working to fight fraud in the VA. The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General and Department of Justice announced the formation of the VA Health Care Fraud Task Force, which will first focus on looking into and prosecuting health care fraud in the VA's Community Care program.
In a statement, VA Inspector General Michael Missal says the group sends a message that they "will protect our veterans' health care system at all costs."
The VA operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system, providing care to approximately 9 million veterans at over 1,200 medical facilities.
Since it's introduction in June, the VA MISSION Act significantly increased veterans’ access to health care by expanding their ability to receive health care from approved non-VA providers (referred to as Community Care providers).
Similar to the Medicare program, these Community Care providers submit claims to VA for payment for their services.