CMS is conducting outreach efforts to highlight its Medicare anti-fraud initiatives, including more stringent provider/supplier screening requirements, the use of predictive modeling technology to flag potential fraud before claims are paid, and enhanced coordination with other government agencies. CMS also seeks to enlist beneficiaries in its anti-fraud efforts, noting that “as important as these aggressive new initiatives are, the first and best line of defense against fraud remains the health care consumer.” CMS asserts that it is “mindful of striking the right balance between preventing fraud and other improper payments and maintaining the timely delivery of critical health care services to beneficiaries.”