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Medicare: Improvements Needed to Address Improper Payments for Medical Equipment and Supplies
GAO-07-59: Published: Jan 31, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2007.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)--the agency that administers Medicare--estimated that the program made about $700 million in improper payments for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) from April 1, 2005, through March 31, 2006. To protect Medicare from improper DMEPOS payments, CMS relies on three Program Safeguard Contractors (PSC), and four...
Medicare Payment: CMS Methodology Adequate to Estimate National Error Rate
GAO-06-300: Published: Mar 24, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2006.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimated that the Medicare program paid approximately $20 billion (net) in error for fee-for-service (FFS) claims in fiscal year 2004. CMS established two programs--the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) Program and the Hospital Payment Monitoring Program (HPMP)--to measure the accuracy of claims paid. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improve...
Medicare Contracting Reform: CMS's Plan Has Gaps and Its Anticipated Savings Are Uncertain
GAO-05-873: Published: Aug 17, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 2005.
The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) significantly reformed contracting for the administration of claims for Part A, Medicare's hospital insurance, and Part B, which covers outpatient services such as physicians' care. The MMA required the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)--the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...
Medicare: Concerns Regarding Plans to Transfer the Appeals Workload from SSA to HHS Remain
GAO-05-703R: Published: Jun 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2005.
Medicare--the federal health insurance program that covers the nation's elderly and disabled--annually processes over 1 billion medical claims for services provided to beneficiaries. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), administers the Medicare program with the assistance of its claims administration contractors. Th...
Medicare: CMS's Program Safeguards Did Not Deter Growth in Spending for Power Wheelchairs
GAO-05-43: Published: Nov 17, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2004.
Medicare spending for power wheelchairs--one of the program's most expensive items of durable medical equipment (DME)--rose more than fourfold from 1999 through 2003, while overall Medicare spending rose by about 11 percent for the same period, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This spending growth has raised concerns that some of the payments may have been improper...
Medicare: Incomplete Plan to Transfer Appeals Workload from SSA to HHS Threatens Service to Appellants
GAO-05-45: Published: Oct 4, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2004.
The Medicare appeals process has been the subject of widespread concern in recent years because of the time it takes to resolve appeals of denied claims. Two federal agencies play a role in deciding appeals--the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). Currently, neither agency manages and oversees the entire multilevel process. In the Medicare Pr...
Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities: High Medicare Payments in Florida Raise Program Integrity Concerns
GAO-04-709: Published: Aug 12, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2004.
Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (CORF) are highly concentrated in Florida. These facilities, which provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology services, and other related services, have been promoted as lucrative business opportunities for investors. Aware of such promotions, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, raised concerns about whether M...
Medicare: CMS Did Not Control Rising Power Wheelchair Spending
GAO-04-716T: Published: Apr 28, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2004.
Medicare spending for power wheelchairs, one of the program's most expensive items of durable medical equipment (DME), rose 450 percent from 1999 through 2003, while overall Medicare spending rose by about 11 percent for the same period, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This spending growth has raised concerns that Medicare made improper payments and has payment rat...
Medicare Appeals: Disparity between Requirements and Responsible Agencies' Capabilities
GAO-03-841: Published: Sep 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2003.
Appellants and others have been concerned about the length of time it takes for a decision on the appeal of a denied Medicare claim. In December 2000, the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000 (BIPA), required, among other things, shorter decision time frames. BIPA's provisions related to Medicare appeals were to be applied to claims denied after October 1,...
Medicare: Recent CMS Reforms Address Carrier Scrutiny of Physicians' Claims for Payment
GAO-02-693: Published: May 28, 2002. Publicly Released: May 28, 2002.
In 1990, GAO designated the Medicare program to be at high-risk for waste, fraud, and abuse. More than a decade later, Medicare remains on GAO's high-risk list. This report examines Medicare's claims review process, which is designed to detect improper billing or payments. GAO found that most physicians who bill Medicare are largely unaffected by carriers' medical reviews, with 90 percent of physi...