Nursing Home Medicare Fraud $1.5B a Year, Says New U.S. HHS-OIG Report
November 29, 2012
Summary of article:
Wealthy, highly profitable nursing homes in California and throughout the United States often cry poor, claiming that taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid payments to facilities are not enough to ensure that they comply with staffing and quality-of-care laws. But a new study released this month by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) says that nursing homes ripped off $1.5 billion from U.S. taxpayers in just 2009 alone by submitting “inaccurate, medically unnecessary, and fraudulent claims” to Medicare.
The new HHS inspector general report is yet another report by a government agency, newspaper, or patients' rights advocacy organization on rampant nursing home elder abuse, falsified patient records, or Medicare fraud condoned by California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA) and the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Licensing and Certification Program.
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