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CA hospitals overcharged Medicare by $367 million, audit says

San Francisco Business Times, April 8, 2014
California hospitals and other providers overcharged Medicare by nearly $367 million in 2012, according to an audit report prepared for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on fiscal 2012 results. More than 90 percent of that waste came from inpatient hospital claims, said an auditing group that is battling Congress over a pending 18-month hiatus in such reviews. Nationally, the total amount for improper Medicare billings in fiscal 2012 was $2.4 billion, according to the Recovery Auditing report, based on audits of Medicare spending in fiscal 2012 by outside auditors, which was released March 25.