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Dallas Business Journal: How Texas ranks when it comes to Medicare waste

How Texas ranks when it comes to Medicare waste Jan 25, 2017, 2:40pm CST The good news is that improper Medicare payments to health care providers fell sharply in 2015. The bad news: The overspending still totaled in the hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, overpayments totaled $350.6 million in 2015, the latest reporting year available. That figure was down approximately 85 percent from 2014’s total of $2.3 billion — an all-time high according to the Council […]

Talk Business & Politics: Report: Arkansas improves on Medicare overpayment, still among worst in the nation

Report: Arkansas improves on Medicare overpayment, still among worst in the nation by Kim Souza  Overpayments recorded in Arkansas totaled $14.21 per Medicare participant in 2015, one of the highest levels in the United States, according to a report from the Council for Medicare Integrity. Arkansas ranked No. 10 in the report – based on waste per participant – with a total of $6.672 million in Medicare overpayments made in 2015 for its combined 469,450 participants. Medicare overpayments relate to […]

WAFB: Study ranks Louisiana as 7th state with highest Medicare waste spending

Study ranks Louisiana as 7th state with highest Medicare waste spending Tuesday, January 24th 2017, 8:29 am ESTTuesday, January 24th 2017, 9:05 am EST By Liz Koh, Reporter Source: WAFB BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) –The Council for Medicare Integrity recently did a study on states who have the highest Medicare waste spending. Louisiana ranks as the No. 7 state with the highest Medicare waste spending per beneficiary. Washington, DC came in first place. The study is based on Medicare overpayments collected in fiscal […]

KATV: Report: Arkansas improves on Medicare overpayment, still among worst in the nation

Report: Arkansas improves on Medicare overpayment, still among worst in the nation by Talk Business & PoliticsTuesday, January 24th 2017 LITTLE ROCK (TALK BUSINESS & POLITICS) — Overpayments recorded in Arkansas totaled $14.21 per Medicare participant in 2015, one of the highest levels in the United States, according to a report from the Council for Medicare Integrity. Arkansas ranked No. 10 in the report – based on waste per participant – with a total of $6.672 million in Medicare overpayments made in […]

Alton Daily News/WBGZ : Medicare Billing is Confusing, says Watchdog

Medicare Billing is Confusing, says Watchdog WBGZ Radio 1/24/2017 | By Cole Lauterbach – Illinois Radio Network One of Illinois largest hospital systems overbilled Medicare nearly half of the time for two years. A watchdog group on the matter said it’s because they often can’t understand the rules. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said NorthShore University Health System received north of $4.1 million in unearned Medicare payments in just 2013 and 2014. Kristin […]

New Orleans City Business: Study: Louisiana among states wasting most Medicare money

Study: Louisiana among states wasting most Medicare money By: CityBusiness staff reports January 24, 2017  For a second year, Louisiana ranks among the top 10 states in Medicare waste per beneficiary, according to the Council for Medicare Integrity. In Fiscal Year 2015, Louisiana ranked No. 7. The state made more than $8.4 million in overpayments to 547,162 beneficiaries. The waste per beneficiary was $15.41, the study says. Louisiana ranked No. 5 in the 2014 fiscal year. The analysis, now in its second […]

KSLA: Study ranks Louisiana as 7th state with highest Medicare waste spending

Study ranks Louisiana as 7th state with highest Medicare waste spending Tuesday, January 24th 2017, 8:29 am EST Tuesday, January 24th 2017, 9:05 am EST By Liz Koh, Reporter Source: WAFB BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – The Council for Medicare Integrity recently did a study on states who have the highest Medicare waste spending. Louisiana ranks as the No. 7 state with the highest Medicare waste spending per beneficiary. Washington, DC came in first place. The study is based on Medicare overpayments collected […]

KNWA: Arkansas One of Worst States for Medicare Waste

Arkansas One of Worst States for Medicare Waste By: Karella Kordsmeier  Posted: Jan 24, 2017 04:23 PM CST Updated: Jan 24, 2017 07:01 PM CST ARKANSAS – It’s getting better but Arkansas is still one of the worst Medicare payments systems in the country. Medical providers were given more than $6.5 million in Medicare overpayments in 2015. That equates to a little more than $14 per claim. The mistakes usually happen when a provider inaccurately bills Medicare for the services provided using a […]

Illinois News Network: Experts say hospitals overbill Medicare because it’s too complex

Experts say hospitals overbill Medicare because it’s too complex Written By: Staff, Illinois News Network January 23, 2017 ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK One of Illinois largest hospital systems overbilled Medicare nearly half of the time for two years. A watchdog group on the matter said it’s because they often can’t understand the rules. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said NorthShore University Health System received north of $4.1 million in unearned Medicare payments in just […]

NJ Spotlight: Daily Number – 4

DAILY NUMBER 4 JANUARY 23, 2017 It’s no secret that medical bills in New Jersey can be sky high. Now it turns out that the Garden State is close to the top of the heap for another healthcare-related expense: Medicare overpayments. According to a new report from the Council for Medicare Integrity, New Jersey has the fourth-highest Medicare waste per beneficiary in the country. The state overpaid $18.09 per Medicare beneficiary in 2015, the most recent year for which data […]