Gov Report finds Medicare Paid $5.6 Billion to Pharmacies with Questionable Billings

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new government report finds that Medicare paid $5.6 billion to 2,600 pharmacies with questionable billings in 2009. They included a Kansas drugstore that submitted more than 1,000 prescriptions each for two patients. Then there was the Los Angeles pharmacy that billed Medicare’s prescription program $8.4 million, nine times the national average. The report by the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department finds that the corner drugstore is vulnerable to fraud partly because Medicare does not require private insurers that deliver prescription benefits to seniors to report suspicious patterns. Only 4 percent of the nation’s 59,000 pharmacies were found to have questionable billings, but the losses add up when the typical pharmacy bills the program $1 million a year.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: