Monday, December 10, 2012

An Easy Way To Cut Medicare Costs

This article describes the practices of a for-profit hospital chain which uses software applications to increase hospital admissions from those using emergency room services.  It also describes how criminals submit false claims to Medicare. Medicare fraud in Florida is larger than the cocaine trade in Florida.  Part of the problem is that Medicare is understaffed.  It could easily reduce avoidable hospital charges and fraud by investing in better control systems.  Law enforcement also needs to be improved.  There is no reason why those engaged in fraud can continue to avoid arrest.

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