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Medicare Slashed Improper Payments by $4.6 Billion From 2017

Nov. 19, 2018, 6:13 PM

Medicare reduced its improper payments to health providers by $4.6 billion in FY 2018 compared with the year before.

Strong drops in improper payments to home health services and skilled nursing facilities led the decrease.

The 8.1 percent improper payment rate for Medicare’s fee-for-service program is the lowest since 2010. In FY 2017, the error rate was 9.5 percent, costing American taxpayers a total $36.2 billion in waste. The new error rate brings the 2018 waste number to $31.6 billion.

It is the second year in a row that the Medicare rate was below 10 percent, fulfilling a requirement...

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