OIG Slams Medicare for Wheelchair Reimbursements, Again
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, said the OIG report "raises some troubling questions and shows all too clearly that while the federal government has made some progress in preventing waste and fraud, much more remains to be done."
He added, "When we see that more than half of Medicare's payments for power wheelchairs in a given time failed to meet the appropriate standards required for reimbursement, we know that something is very wrong and that the federal government can and must do better."
Carper's bill, co-authored with Sen. Tom Coburn, MD, (R-OK) calls for improvements in screening measures to prevent fraud and abuse.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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