Experts: Better Tech May Be Driving More Fraud Detection

OptumRx, the PBM subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, claims that pharmacy waste, fraud and abuse increased in 2020 due to the pandemic — and that independent pharmacies are to blame. While experts won’t rule that out, they also observe that new fraud detection technology might have more to do with the eye-popping findings than any perceived shortcomings of independent pharmacies.

OptumRx tells AIS Health, a subsidiary of MMIT, that pharmacy waste, fraud and abuse increased during 2020.

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Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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