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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 […]

Becker’s Hospital CFO: RAC improper payment recoveries plunge 91%

RAC improper payment recoveries plunge 91% Written by Ayla Ellison The Recovery Audit Contractor program, which has a mission to correct improper Medicare payments by identifying and collecting over- and underpayments, saw a substantial slump in recoveries in fiscal year 2015, according to a CMS report. RACs identified and corrected 618,966 claims in FY 2015, which resulted in $440.69 million in improper payments being corrected. That’s down 83 percent from the $2.57 billion in corrections RACs made in FY 2014. […]

Becker’s ASC Review: Which US regions have the most Medicare waste?

Which US regions have the most Medicare waste? Written by Eric Oliver | January 20, 2017  The Council for Medicare Integrity released its list of the regions with the highest amount of Medicare waste, featuring nine states and Washington, D.C., the Financial Times reports. The center calculated the amount of waste by taking each region’s amount of overpayments and dividing it by the amount of beneficiaries. The top regions include: Washington, D.C. — $30.90 waste per beneficiary, $2.4 million in overpayments, […]

Medicare World: States With The Highest Medicare Waste

States With The Highest Medicare Waste By Medicare World – January 20, 2017 Image courtesy of Kiplinger The Council for Medicare Integrity (CMI) released Wednesday, January 18th, an analysis of improper payments made within the Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) program. According to CMI, “The analysis looks at the amount of Medicare over-payments collected from providers by Recovery Audit Contractors in each state in 2015 and crosses that data with the number of Medicare beneficiaries in each state in 2015, to arrive at […]