How widespread is Medicare fraud? The government is now reporting Medicare fraud rates almost three times higher than previously accounted for, at 47 billion dollars this year. How could Medicare Fraud triple in a year? The answer is simple.
In an effort to be more honest with data collecting, Obama ordered the new accounting into effect. All part of the hope and change we always hear about.
It’s not clear whether Medicare fraud is actually worsening. Much of the increase in the last year is attributed to a change in the Health and Human Services Department’s methodology that imposes stricter documentation requirements and includes more improper payments — part of a data-collection effort being ordered government-wide by President Barack Obama next week to promote “honest budgeting” and accurate statistics.
*This blog post was originally published at The Happy Hospitalist*