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Medicare paid billions in suspect claims

AP/Washington Post, September 24, 2008

The government paid billions in questionable Medicare claims during the last decade for medical supplies unrelated to a patient's condition and claims with blank or invalid codes, including question marks and smiley faces, congressional investigators say. On medical supplies alone, Medicare paid more than $1 billion in questionable claims, including blood glucose strips for sexual impotence and special diabetic shoes for leg amputees.