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GAO: Doctors’ ’self-referrals’ cost Medicare more than $100M

The Hill, November 1, 2012

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said, patients are at risk and Medicare is wasting money because of doctors who refer patients to facilities they own. GAO found a steep rise in the number of self-referrals—doctors ordering tests at facilities where they or their family members have a financial stake. Critics argue that self-referral leads to wasteful spending because doctors will order unnecessary tests just to collect a payment from Medicare.