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Radiology ranks high as a recipient of Medicare dollars

Radiology ranked fifth among medical specialties that received the most in Medicare payments in 2012, according to Medicare doc data recently made public by CMS.

Amyloid PET scans 'latest campaign for overdiagnosis'

In a commentary published online in  JAMA Internal Medicine, Susan Molchan, M.D., a private practice psychiatrist from Bethesda, Md., suggested the push to get amyloid PET scans covered by Medicare is part of the "the latest campaign for overdiagnosis."

CA hospitals overbilled Medicare by $367M

California's hospitals received overpayments from the Medicare program that totaled nearly $367 million in 2012, primarily for inpatient services, the San Francisco Business Times reported.

Millionaire docs accused of Medicare overbilling, fraud

Two doctors--whose combined Medicare earnings in 2012 approached $30 million, according to recently-released government payment data--have been accused of overbilling and fraud.

To think I buried the truth of the ACA on Mulberry Street!

(With endless apologies to Theodore S. Geisel and his family) When I leave home for work, The Truth of the ACA Always says to me, "Ron, keep your eyelids up And see what you can see."...

Michigan joins Medicare-Medicaid integration trend

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has partnered with Michigan to test efforts to improve care and contain costs for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees.

Ambulance fraud keeps gouging programs

Ground ambulance services can pose a serious fraud threat as evidenced by recent cases and extended governmental moratoria on new ambulance provider applications in fraud zones. 

Same-sex married couples now qualify for Medicare

For the first time ever, same-sex married couples can qualify for Medicare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday.

Docs who drop insurance take on big business risks

Like many physicians who switched to cash practice, brothers Jonathan Izbicki, D.O. and Harry Izbicki, D.O., experience a rosy view of life without insurance hassles,  U.S. News & World Report  reported.

OIG: Most hospital-based clinics overcharge Medicare

Hospitals erroneously bill Medicare millions of dollars a year because they incorrectly classify the patients they treat,  according to a report issued late last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General.