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Report links dead doctors to payments by Medicare

New York Times, July 9, 2008
Congressional investigators have found that Medicare had paid tens of millions of dollars to suppliers improperly using identification numbers of doctors who died. When suppliers file claims for equipment provided to a Medicare beneficiary, they normally must list an identification number for the doctor who prescribed or ordered it. In 16% of these cases, the report said, suppliers used identification numbers of doctors who had been dead for more than 10 years, the investigation found.