Medicare officials refuse to seek recovery of nearly $5 million in lost funds

A government agency that lost an estimated $4.6 million isn't interested in trying to recover it even though the federal watchdog that exposed the problem recommended going after the wasted funds.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid overpaid hospitals by an estimated $4.6 million for outpatients who visited the same clinic twice in a three-year period in 2012, according to the Health and Human Services Inspector General. The IG told CMS it should seek to recover the money, no matter the amount involved.

“We will not review all line items or providers,” CMS officials responded, refusing both to review the overpayments or try to recover the funds.

Likewise, another report released earlier in 2014 estimated that CMS made $7.5 million of incorrect payments for the same type of visits in 2010 and 2011 and similarly refused to correct the issue.

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