Skip to comments.$36,731,130,000: Improper Medicaid Payments Skyrocket
Posted on 04/13/2018 12:05:45 PM PDT by rktman
Improper payments made by the Medicaid program climbed from approximately $29,149,680,000 in fiscal 2015 to $36,731,130,000 in fiscal 2017, according to data published by the Department of Health and Human Services.
That is an increase of $7,581,450,000--or 26 percent.
Despite efforts to reduce improper payments in the Medicaid program by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees the program, overall improper payments continue to increaserising to about $37 billion in fiscal year 2017 compared to $29.1 billion in fiscal year 2015, GAO Health Care Director Carolyn Yocom told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today.
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That money could be used to build the wall!!!!! Where is the army of people chasing this stuff down and prosecuting? Or at least stopping the leaks.
I’m shocked - they divert all but $30 for my care home payment for them and they can’t get a handle on their own spending?
I don’t get much from my own government yet it is the one that can’t live within its means.
Gracias a tu idiotas en el Estados Unido.
Just another way Fed.gov and the nanny state push costs up for everyone.
I have a friend who once worked as an attorney at HHS prosecuting medicaid fraud. The stories she could tell.
A billion here, a billion there. Next thing you know, we’re talking REAL money.
Anybody notice that in the last three or four years, “trillion” became the new “billion”?
Five years ago, you rarely heard the word “trillion” on news reports.
Where are the prosecutions that match this.
Those numbers are probably estimates generated by contracting firms that have contracts to catch or prevent fraud.
In other words, they’re marketing numbers to keep their contracts.
They probably include things like payments rejected because there was a technicality on the bill. The care was actually provided, but the first submit of the bill was rejected. The provider will fix the invoice and resubmit the bill and get paid.
But someone will claim that was an improper payment that was prevented. That’s just one example.
Kinda makes ya laugh when looking back LONG ago to the TV show about being a millionaire. Now that’s like pocket change.
Right next to the prosecutions for felons stupid enough to fill out a 4473.
The high school I attended was completed in 1969. It was large and had the latest tech. It had several banks of rack mounted open reel tape decks that played tapes that were broadcast into a closed loop antenna system in the really cool library.
Lots of other nice stuff all over campus.
Why do I bring this up? It was touted as the “million dollar high school.” :-)
Money is worthless today. It’s how the government robs its people.
How many foreign doctors are fleecing Medicare now by phony billing to nursing home patients? Deport them from FL, NY, TX and CA and watch fraud decline substantially.
If they know where the fraud is,then why is it not prosecuted? We the taxpayers are footing the bill anyway;just are getting nothing in return.
Half the increase was in opioids.
Medicaid is not a trillion dollar operation. These numbers are all screwed up.
The FY 2018 Medicaid budget is about $500 billion. I couldn’t find a reference in the article to a trillion dollar annual budget.