Monday, March 16, 2009

Dramatic increase in Medicare spending on home health services

In a recent report issued by the Government Accountability Office, home health services saw a 44% increase from 2002 to 2006, which had to do with an increase in fraudulent billing. Spending reached $13 billion in 2006.

The article stated:
The report drew attention to fraud and abuse by Medicare, saying that while a few home care providers overstated the medical conditions of the patients in order to receive higher payments, other home health companies charged Medicare for superfluous services or care.

Read the article here.

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