In its statement announcing the postponement of the Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit from 2 to 3 April in Durban to a date still to be confirmed in October, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has noted that the release of the much-anticipated draft Section 59 Investigation Report – which was due to precede Summit proceedings on 2 April – will still be released in early April.

The release of the report on findings of an investigation prompted largely by allegations of racial profiling by medical schemes, will be sent to individual respondents and published on the investigation’s website

“Stakeholders,” the CMS adds in its statement, “will be given a period within which to provide comments and thereafter the Panel will consider the comments and make amendments to the report, where necessary.

“The final report launch date will be confirmed in due course. In the quest to limit contact, the proceedings will be live streamed on the investigation’s website, and CMS’ YouTube and Facebook platforms.”

In respect of the Summit postponement, the CMS has given the assurance that the work on the industry Codes of Good Practice and the FWA tribunal “will continue in earnest”.

SOURCE: CMS Fraud Waste and Abuse Team