Friday, March 13, 2009

GAO Reports on Staggering Medicare Fraud

USA Today reports that "Fraud and abuse helped boost Medicare spending on home health services 44% over five years as some providers exaggerated patients' medical conditions and others billed for unnecessary services or care they did not provide," a new Government Accountability Office report says. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, says Medicare must strengthen its oversight: "Every home health care dollar that's lost to fraud or improper payments is a dollar that doesn't go to necessary care and a better quality of life for older Americans."

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