Blog | Friday, August 27, 2010

QD: News Every Day--Millions in fraud makes Medicare crack down


Honest physicians report fraud and are ignored. Dishonest physicians bill millions in procedural claims (one totaled more than 24 hours of billing per day for years) and don't even hide it. While both are rare examples, fraud is constantly occurring, and it's bankrupting the system, according to Medicare officials. So the U.S. Justice Department and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are continuing the crackdown with more enforcement (580 convictions and $2.5 billion recovered since May 2009) and new regulations to tighten oversight of durable medical goods such as prosthetics. (Los Angeles Times, New York Times)