Health Care E-Note - June 2012


In This Issue:

- Medicaid Fraud Program Costs More Than It Recoups, Report Finds

- Montaner Sentenced for Medicare Fraud

- Hospitals Angry Over Patient Safety Rating System

- Catholic Hospitals Reject White House Contraception Proposals

- Health Exchanges Could Take Off in Red States

- Program to Move Elderly Out of Long-Term Care Facilities Lags

- Nursing Homes Urged to Allow Residents to Keep Pets

- FDA Probes Dialysis Company for Failing to Warn Patients of Risk

- Excerpt from Medicaid Fraud Program Costs More Than It Recoups, Report Finds:

An audit program meant to combat Medicaid fraud has cost taxpayers about $102 million since 2008 while identifying less than $20 million in overpayments, according to a report released by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The National Medicaid Audit Program used incomplete federal data to conduct 1,550 audits, and apparently because of that, the majority of the audits failed to find any fraud, the GAO said at a Senate hearing.

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