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KCUR-FM: Report: Saint Luke’s Hospital Overbilled Medicare By $581,000

Report: Saint Luke’s Hospital Overbilled Medicare By $581,000 Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City overbilled Medicare $581,000 over a two-year period, a federal report concludes. The report by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) says the hospital failed to comply with Medicare requirements for 80 of 294 inpatient and outpatient claims reviewed by OIG. The federal watchdog says that 63 inpatient claims had billing errors, resulting in $366,584 in overpayments, and 17 outpatient claims […]

Washington Hospitals Overbilled Medicare $50 Million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        CONTACT: Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com (202) 898-0995  Washington Hospitals Overbilled Medicare $50 Million Washington, D.C. – Washington state ranks number 24 on a list of worst states for Medicare waste, overbilling Medicare $50 million in 2013, according to the most recent annual report by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Improper Medicare billing among the state’s healthcare providers increased $11 million over the previous year. “With waste on the rise, it is vital to have policies […]

WOOD-TV: Medicare waste spikes in Michigan

From WOOD-TV: View the broadcast here. Medicare waste spikes in Michigan By Marlee GinterPublished: April 16, 2015, 10:50 pm Updated: April 16, 2015, 11:13 pm GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan overpaid millions of dollars to health care providers who billed Medicare last year, a recent audit found — one of the highest figures in the country. Medicare is reported to have the highest rate of financial waste of any government agency, with tens of billions of dollars lost in […]

Forbes: Hospital Industry Raids The Medicare Trust Fund

From Forbes: Hospital Industry Raids The Medicare Trust Fund Every year, millions of Americans pay federal taxes to support government programs that provide health, wellness, and other benefits to those who need it most. One would assume that safeguards are in place to ensure that our taxpayer dollars are used appropriately and efficiently. However, a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report states that rampant waste exists within the Medicare program. In 2014 alone, Medicare overpaid hospitals and other healthcare providers nearly […]

McKnight’s: RAC battles move forward

From McKnight’s:   RAC battles move forward The debate over whether Recovery Audit Contractor audits are an incentive-laced system of provider harassment or a necessary tool to redistribute misspent Medicare funds continues. Neither side appears to be backing down. The American Hospital Association, representing both acute and post-acute care providers, has blamed incentive-guided contracted auditors for causing a “tremendous burden on hospitals and the appeals process.” Besides calling for more favorable short-stay reimbursements, the AHA and other provider groups want […]

Good Morning Four States: Missouri 4th Worst in Medicare Waste

From Good Morning Four States: Missouri 4th Worst in Medicare Waste WASHINGTON DC — A recent reports ranks Missouri as one of the ten worst states in Medicare waste. According to the Council for Medicare Integrity, Missouri had $170 million worth of Medicare overpayments using data from a 2013 Medicare and Medicaid service report to Congress, ranking them fourth in the country. Medicare Waste is the unintentional misuse of Medicare funds through inadvertent error from incorrect coding and billing. Missouri […]

Top 10 States For Medicare Waste Overbilled $2 Billion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                CONTACT: Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com (202) 898-0995  Top 10 States For Medicare Waste Overbilled $2 Billion Council for Medicare Integrity releases annual list of most wasteful states Washington, D.C. – The Council for Medicare Integrity (CMI) today released its list of the Top 10 States for Medicare Waste, compiled using data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) FY2013 RAC Report to Congress. California tops the list with $517 million in overpayments from Medicare, improperly billing $150 […]

WJRT-TV: Michigan on list of top 10 states with Medicare waste

Michigan on list of top 10 states with Medicare waste     MICHIGAN (WJRT) – (03/31/15) – Michigan has made it onto a list of the top 10 states in the country with Medicare waste. Michigan came in at numbernine, with $108 million in over payments. The Council for Medicare Integrity ranked the states, with California coming in at number one, followed by New York and Florida. Medicare provides healthcare coverage to more than 50 million Americans. CMI says there were billions of dollars in […]

Local21News.com: Report: Pennsylvania on list for high Medicare waste

From Local21News.com: Report: Pennsylvania on list for high Medicare waste HARRISBURG, Pa. — A report from the Council for Medicare Integrity states Pennsylvania is one of the top five states with Medicare waste. According to the numbers citing data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services FY 2013 RAC Report to Congress, California has about $517,000,000 in over payments from Medicare. Pennsylvania ranks fifth with $153,000,000; a million dollars more than Texas. At a hearing this morning in Washington […]

OzarksFirst.com: Report: Missouri Among Worst at Medicare Overbilling

From OzarksFirst.com:   Report: Missouri Among Worst at Medicare Overbilling WASHINGTON– Missouri ranks number four in the nation for most wasteful states for Medicare overbilling. That’s according to the Council for Medicare Integrity, which released a report on Tuesday. According to its data, Missouri improperly billed Medicare nearly $170 million. The top ten states collectively overbilled about $2 Billion. To read the entire report, click here. To read the original article, click here.