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Tulsa World: Report ranks Oklahoma among nation’s worst for Medicare overbilling

Report ranks Oklahoma among nation’s worst for Medicare overbilling

It says Oklahoma among worst, but claim is disputed

Posted: Sunday, December 13, 2015 12:00 am

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma medical providers collected more than $58 million in overpayments from Medicare in federal fiscal year 2014, placing the state among the worst in the nation for overbilling for Medicare services, according to a report by the Council for Medicare Integrity.

Oklahoma Hospital Association officials ripped the report’s findings, describing them as misleading.

The report ranked Oklahoma behind only four states and the District of Columbia in having the highest amounts of overpayments per beneficiary, with Oklahoma medical providers receiving an average overpayment of $104.66 for each of the state’s 557,128 Medicare beneficiaries.

The four states listed with worse overbilling records were Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota and Louisiana.

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