Medicare Can Afford a Bit of Fraud

Catching doctors who are sloppy in their billing might well be too costly.
All things considered, we can live with a little Medicare fraud.

According to the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare is overpaying for office visits and other patient evaluations. Overpaying a lot: "The inspector general's report, released today, estimates that overpayments account for 21 percent of the $32.3 billion spent on evaluation and management services in 2010."

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