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In Business Madison: Report: State hospitals overbilled Medicare

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Report: State hospitals overbilled Medicare

An annual report from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shows Wisconsin hospitals overbilled Medicare by $40 million in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. That year, the state ranked 27th on a list of the worst states when it comes to Medicare waste.

According to a report from the Council for Medicare Integrity, which analyzes CMS data, the rate of improper payments nationwide has risen from 8.6% to 12.7% since 2011, resulting in a loss to the Medicare Trust Fund of $46 billion in FY2014 alone.

Improper Medicare billing among Wisconsin’s health care providers increased $11 million over the previous year.

The CMS report found that nationwide, inpatient hospitals are responsible for 94% of the overbillings. In 2013, an OIG Medicare Compliance Review report found the University of Wisconsin overbilled Medicare by 53%, resulting in $316,172 in improper payments.

 

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