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$14 Billion Illegal Payments from Medicaid

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by GBFan, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. GBFan

    GBFan Well-Known Member

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    (CNSNews.com) -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) determined that the Medicaid program doled out $14.4 billion in improper payments in fiscal year 2013, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
    Currently, the Medicaid program provides health care coverage to about 71.7 million individuals at an annual cost of about $431.1 billion. Because of the program’s large size, the GAO states it is vulnerable to improper payments.

    A significant amount of growth of the Medicare program is due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), popularly known as Obamacare.

    The GAO report, Medicaid Program Integrity: Increased Oversight Needed to Ensure Integrity of Growing Managed Care Expenditures, was compiled to ensure Medicaid program integrity, but found gaps in state and federal efforts to maintain that integrity. (See GAO Medicaid Program Integrity.pdf)

    “The size and diversity of the Medicaid program make it particularly vulnerable to improper payments – including payments made for treatments or services that were not covered by program rules, that were not medically necessary, or that were billed for but never provided,” states the report.

    “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that oversees Medicaid, estimated that $14.4 billion (5.8 percent) of federal Medicaid expenditures for fiscal year 2013 were improper payments,” said the GAO.

    To identify gaps in efforts to maintain integrity, the GAO interviewed federal officials as well as states, as part of the performance audit from June 2013 to May 2014. While states have the primary responsibility to reduce, identify and recover improper payments, federal entities provide the oversight as well as program and law enforcement support.

    The GAO discovered that “most state and federal program integrity officials we interviewed told us that they did not closely examine Medicaid managed care payments, but instead primarily focused their program integrity efforts on fee-for-service claims.”
     
  2. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

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    Had you titled the thread "3% illegal payments from Medicaid" it would sound a bit less spectacular.
    (note: I do not say that the amount is low)
     
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