Small number of doctors billed Medicare for over a billion dollars

Medicare fraud is rampant with some estimates  in the 8-10% range, costing the federal government up to $50 billion a year. A good place to start looking for the cheats is the 344 doctors who received more than $3 million each in Medicare billings last year. Associated Press: Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on health care financing. Topping Medicare's list was Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, whose relationship with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., made headlines last year after news broke that the lawmaker used the doctor's personal jet for trips to the Dominican Republic. Medicare paid Melgen $20.8 million. AP's analysis found that a small sliver of the more than 825,000 individual physicians in Medicare's claims...(Read Full Post)

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