Medicare Vulnerabilities: Payments for Claims Tied to Deceased Doctors

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OR.110.31
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2008-07-09
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27 pages
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The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations conducted an investigation into the fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare, more importantly they focused on DME claims. The findings for this investigation showed that a substantial amount of paid DME claims (approximately tens of millions) contained UPINs for deceased physicians, this was also seen within Florida. The report also showed that previous attempts by CMS in 2002 that were implemented to stop deceased physician claims failed.
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Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, hearing on "Medicare Vulnerabilities: Payments For Claims Tied to Deceased Doctors," 110th Cong., S.Hrg. 110-721, (2008, July 9)
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