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Medicare payment fraud and abuse levels remain constant despite efforts to clean up

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The number of improper Medicare payments remained unchanged in fiscal year 1999 despite the US government's continued efforts to root out fraud and abuse in the federal health care plan for the elderly and disabled. The overall error rate for fee for service payments stood at $13.5 billion in the year ended September 30, according to government auditors.

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