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WCTV-TV: Organization Ranks Florida 3rd in Nation in Medicare Waste

By: WCTV Eyewitness News March 31, 2015 Washington, D.C. – According to the Council for Medicare Integrity (CMI), Florida ranked third in the nation in overbilled Medicare waste. California tops the list with $517 million in overpayments from Medicare, improperly billing $150 million more than in FY2012. In additional year-over-year comparisons, Missouri moved up four slots from no. 8 in 2012 to no. 4 in 2013, with an increase in $85 million in improper payments; North Carolina came in at […]

Portland Business Journal: OHSU and other Oregon hospitals overbilled Medicare by millions

From the Portland Business Journal: OHSU and other Oregon hospitals overbilled Medicare by millions Oregon hospitals overbilled Medicare $23 million in 2013, an increase of $8 million over the previous year, a new analysis has revealed. The state’s overbilling does not place Oregon high on a list of the worst states with Medicare waste — it only ranks 39th out of the 50 states — but does contribute to mismanagement that drained $46 billion in lost funds from the Medicare […]

RACFacts: Obvious Medicare Improper Payments Go Undetected

Obvious Medicare Improper Payments Go Undetected There is a lot of talk lately of “improper payments,” especially when it comes to Medicare. Earlier this month, the GAO released a report stating Medicare has the highest rate of improper payments government-wide, with overbillings of nearly $60 billion in 2014. Of that total, $46 billion was lost specifically from the Medicare Fee-For-Service program. This ultimately means Medicare paid out $60 billion for claims billed improperly in violation of Medicare policy. Although the Recovery […]

Georgia Hospitals Overbilled Medicare $75 Million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                CONTACT: Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com (202) 898-0995  Georgia Hospitals Overbilled Medicare $75 Million Washington, D.C. – Georgia ranks number 15 on a list of worst states for Medicare waste, overbilling Medicare $75 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 $12 million over the previous year. “With waste on the rise, it is vital to have policies […]

Maryland Hospitals Overbilled Medicare $23 Million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com (202) 898-0995  Maryland Hospitals Overbilled Medicare $23 Million Washington, D.C. – Maryland hospitals overbilled Medicare $23 million in 2013, according to an annual report by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Maryland ranked number 38 on a list of the worst states with Medicare waste in 2013, the most recent year for which government data is available. “With waste on the rise, it is vital to have policies in place that […]

McKnight’s: Addressing improper billing

From McKnight’s: Addressing improper billing The Government Accountability Office, which provides oversight to Congress, recently released a report sharing an alarming figure. Medicare lost $60 billion to improper billing in 2014, and of that, $46 billion was lost specifically from the Medicare Fee-For-Service program. The report shares that Medicare has the highest rate of financial waste government-wide. Hemorrhaging tens of billions of taxpayer dollars each year should be alarming to all, especially in light of the fact that the losses […]

Modern Healthcare: Orthotics, prosthetics group proposes RAC audit changes

From Modern Healthcare: Orthotics, prosthetics group proposes RAC audit changes By Lisa Schencker  | March 20, 2015 The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association is proposing a change to Medicare’s recovery audit contractor program that it says would keep providers from suffering devastating financial losses while appealing disputed claims. The organization says providers should not have to refund alleged overpayments identified by RACs until after an administrative law judge reaches a decision on an appeal. Now, even providers who are in the […]

DME/HH-H Improper Payments Contribute to 30% of Medicare Losses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2015 CONTACT: Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com (202) 898-0995   DME/HH-H Improper Payments Contribute to 30% of Medicare Losses Washington, D.C. – Data released recently by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) show the Durable Medical Equipment and Home Health and Hospice (DME/HH-H) providers improperly bill the Medicare Trust Fund in more than half of all claims, amounting to a loss of $15 billion. Service Error Rate Amount Lost Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) 53.1% […]

Oregon Hospitals Overbilled Medicare $23 Million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       CONTACT: Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com  (202) 898-0995  Oregon Hospitals Overbilled Medicare $23 Million Washington, D.C. – Oregon hospitals overbilled Medicare $23 million in 2013, according to an annual report by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Oregon ranked number 39 on a list of the worst states with Medicare waste in 2013, the most recent year for which government data is available. Improper Medicare billing among the state’s healthcare providers increased $8 million over the previous […]

Utah Hospitals Overbilled Medicare $24 Million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                CONTACT: Kristin Walter kristin.walter@rubinmeyer.com (202) 898-0995  Utah Hospitals Overbilled Medicare $24 Million Washington, D.C. – Utah hospitals overbilled Medicare $24 million in 2013, according to an annual report by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Utah ranked number 35 on a list of the worst states with Medicare waste in 2013, the most recent year for which government data is available. Improper Medicare billing among the state’s healthcare providers increased $2 million over the […]