Glitch in the Machine

Medicare loses as much as $120 billion a year to fraud. In 2012, the federal government unleashed big data to crack down on the problem.

This story tells the tale of an organized crime ring that stole $35 million from Medicare and explains why the government’s $100 million data analytics program to fight fraud has been a failure.


Photo: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times/Redux)