A new Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General report found that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are paying ambulance suppliers twice for the same service. They are paying once under the bundled payments under Medicare Part A and then again through Medicare Part B. A whopping 78 of the 100 beneficiaries they sampled were incorrect.
The HHS OIG estimates that Medicare paid $19.9 million in over-payments due to the double charges. They also estimated that $5.2 million in coinsurance and deductible liabilities were paid based on these incorrect payments. A double whammy to the taxpayer and the patient.Read the full report